At this point in his diverse career, Ted Raimi can pretty much do anything. The versatile actor has appeared in TWIN PEAKS, has been physically put through the ringer by his brother, Sam, in countless pictures starting with EVIL DEAD 2, appeared in multiple roles in ARMY OF DARKNESS, was right hand man to J. Jonah Jameson in the SPIDER-MAN trilogy, faced off against CANDYMAN, and has been all over New Zealand in both XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS.
So, why not get behind the camera and direct?
Alex DiVincenzo over at Broke Horror Fan.com recently conducted an interview with Raimi to chat about his latest role in DARKNESS RISING, and got the first word on his directorial debut, titled THE SEVENTH FLOOR.
“Veva Entertainment is producing it, and we’re pre-pro now. We don’t start shooting until September, at the moment. It’s a thriller. I can’t tell you what it’s about, but it’s psychological horror. I’m very expect about that. It’s not traditional horror; there’s no monsters or zombies or anything like that. It’s more in your head.”
Regarding his influences, “For this one, Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. Both of those guys are incredibly influential; Roman Polanski for his ability to build tension where there seemingly is none, and Dario Argento for his filmmaking style and the speed at which the action happens. It’s unbelievable. I’ve studied them to get a sense of it. I’m also heavily inspired by David Cronenberg. He for the same reason that I like Polanski. He’s able to create such amazing moments where there is no action, but you sense a palpable tension.”
“If you think of Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly, you think about Jeff Goldblum transmogrifying into the insect. But if you watch the first act, there’s a scene that lasts about 10 minutes where Jeff Goldblum is talking to Geena Davis in his laboratory, which is in this warehouse. Nothing happens. There’s just dialogue, and yet there’s something so fearful about the whole thing. It’s the greatest magic trick any director has ever done. I don’t know he did it. There’s no spooky music or spooky camera moves, and yet it’s absolutely frightening. I’m still trying to figure that one out. I’ve watched that first act probably six times trying to get it, but I can’t. If I can recreate that to some degree, I’ll be a very lucky director.”
You can read the entire interview, which also touches upon ASH VS EVIL DEAD, over on the Broke Horror Fan website right here!
*Header Photo: @TedRaimi