9 Things You Never Knew About 'Drag Me to Hell' on its 10th Anniversary
While director Sam Raimi will probably always be best remembered for franchises like "Spider-Man" and "Evil Dead," he also gave us one of the best horror movies of the 21st Century thanks to "Drag Me to Hell." That modern classic is now ten years old, so celebrate the occasion by learning a little more about the background and making of "Drag Me to Hell."
1. The film is partly inspired by 1957's "Night of the Demon," which itself was based on the M.R. James story "Casting the Runes."
2. Raimi and his brother Ivan originally wrote "Drag Me to Hell" after completing "Army of Darkness" in 1992. The film sat dormant until Raimi completed work on the "Spider-Man" trilogy.
4. The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 seen in the film is the same one that's appeared in nearly every one of Raimi's movies.
5.Ellen Page was originally cast in the lead role, but she had to drop out due to scheduling issues caused by an impending SAG strike.
6. Raimi and several of his family members have cameo roles in the film. Raimi himself appears as a ghost, while his younger brother Ted plays a doctor.
7. "Drag Me to Hell" is the first Raimi movie not to include actor Bruce Campbell. Campbell was unable to participate due to his commitment to the TV series "Burn Notice."
8. The Greek letters seen in the Great Room scene quote a biblical passage from Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation.
9. The film includes multiple references to the "Evil Dead" series, including Sylvia's line "I'm going to get some," and Clay's mention of his parents' remote cabin in the woods.