Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
DRAG ME TO HELL (2009)
The absolute madness that ensues within the walls of the Scream Factory collector’s edition of 2009’s DRAG ME TO HELL is an event experience. It transports us back to those days when you’d enter a movie, jump out of fear, yell at the screen, and quiver in shock and disgust. (Trust me. There are many moments that will push your buttons, including a deceased woman vomiting up green goop into the protagonist’s mouth.)
When a creepy old woman (Lorna Raver) walks into a bank and asks for an extension on her mortgage, a loan officer (Alison Lohman) is forced to make a tough decision. She can either save the woman from being evicted from her house with an extension on her mortgage loan, or she can get a promotion by pulling the trigger on a foreclosure.
Stepping outside her comfort zone, the loan officer decides not to grant an extension, and all hell breaks loose. Literally.
The Scream Factory release, like many of the other collector’s editions I’ve discussed thus far, comes with its own unique packaging and special features. The film is completely terrifying and loaded with many well-executed moments to keep you frozen in fear. How some of those scenes were achieved are explained in captivating detail in the all-new interview segments.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition includes reversible cover art, the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, and a slew of interviews with the filmmakers and talent.
All Special Features:
- NEW HD Master Of The Theatrical Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
- Production Diaries – With Behind-the-scenes Footage And Interviews With Co-writer/director Sam Raimi, Actors Allison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Dileep Rao, Lorna Raver, Special Effects Guru Greg Nicotero, Director Of Photography Peter Deming, And More (35 Minutes)
- Vintage Interviews With Director Sam Raimi And Actors Alison Lohman And Justin Long (33 Minutes)
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- NEW HD Master Of The Unrated Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
- NEW To Hell And Back – An Interview With Actress Alison Lohman (12 Minutes)
- NEW Curses! – An Interview With Actress Lorna Raver (16 Minutes)
- NEW Hitting All The Right Notes – An Interview With Composer Christopher Young (17 Minutes)
- Still Gallery
DRAG ME TO HELL can be purchased through Shout Factory’s website.
Bonus Feature Clip – Alison Lohman on working with director Sam Raimi: