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Lorna Raver on Drag Me to Hell

Published May 27, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Universal Pictures
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Lorna Raver plays the instigator of Drag Me to Hell. When Mrs. Ganush (Raver) is denied a third extension on her mortgage, she curses the loan officer (Alison Lohman) who denied her. The curse is wild in that Sam Raimi horror comedy fashion, but Raver didn’t really know what she was getting into.

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“Initially, I got this in the old fashioned way,” Raver said. “My agent submitted me to the casting director and then I found out that Sam wanted to meet me. When I auditioned, all I had was the bank scene. I didn’t know the rest of the script. Because I was not particularly a horror movie fan, I didn’t even know about the Evil Dead. I knew about the Spider-Man movies and everything so I initially was kind of in ignorance as to what I was getting into. Then of course after I talked to Sam and then saw the whole script, I was like, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing here?’ It turned out to be, I had a ball. It was grueling, it was tiring but it was a lot of fun.”

In fact, she almost blew off the audition entirely. “I read for the casting person once. The next thing, they said Sam wants to see you, so that was it. They put me on tape the first time around. Of course, that kind of thing I’m used to now because you do that all the time in TV. You’re going in and reading and they’re putting you on tape and da da da da da. I think this had my name on it because I was actually in Oregon. I do a lot of audiobook work. I was up there working on an audio project when the audition came up. So my agents e-mailed me and said, ‘Can you get yourself on tape up there that we can give it to him?’ Well, I was really busy there and I didn’t immediately know anyone I could go to so I just said, ‘I really don’t have the time. I guess we’ll have to take a pass on this, unless they’re seeing people when I get back to town.’ And I got back to town and my agent said, ‘We’re going to get you in.’ Then the next thing I knew, it had happened. It wasn’t like that kind of, ‘I heard about this project and I’m going to get myself in there’ kind of thing. I was just like it was out there and my name was written right on it and it came to me and I did it. It was actually a very simple kind of process and very mundane. It wasn’t anything wildly exciting but I did have some moment’s pause when I found out what I was getting into, thinking do I really want to do this?”


Raimi’s heightened style was not apparent on the set. Raver discovered it when she saw the final cut. “Well, you’re not necessarily aware of that during the shooting process. It was fascinating to me on screen because sometimes there would be things that he’d have brought to a scene that I would never have suspected. It happened often in the humor but it also happened in other things. The first time I saw it, I was going [GASPS] at certain moments and you’d think I would know what’s coming. So that’s not something that’s incorporated when you’re actually working day to day, although I would often see it. I loved to watch him work because he’s very focused and sometimes he’d be looking at something and you’d just see this little twinkle in his eye. And you’d think ah ha, he’s seeing something there that we’re not seeing right now but he knows ultimately is going to be on the screen. So it was fun. That was a fun aspect of seeing the completed film, to see things that happened that I never would have suspected were going to be part of it.”

Drag Me to Hell opens to theaters on May 29th.

For the trailer, stills, poster and more movie info, go to the Drag Me to Hell Movie Page.

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