Mummies, Death Races, and Crazy Old Ladies!
The Universal panel was one of the more lively at Comic-Con 2008, with footage including huge fighting Yetis, heavily armored mustangs blowing each other to hell, and a terrifying old lady getting her eye stapled shut by the luminous Alison Lohman.
It's been a long time since the last Mummy film and Brendan Fraser was eager to get back into the role of Rick O'Connell. "I've been waiting seven years to get this call."
Not back, however, is Rachel Weisz. Filling the role of Rick's gorgeous gal is indie darling Maria Bello. While we were excited to hear she'd taken the role, she spoiled it a bit at the panel confessing, "I'm actually not naked in this movie." Damn. I'd say we're breaking even there.
A sneak peek at some fight footage involving giant Yetis was a nice treat, though we were hoping to see at least a tease of the Jet Li vs. Michelle Yeoh fight. It's the "fight that China has been waiting for" after all. Fraser had nothing but compliments for Li as well. "This guy can throw a roundhouse kick that hits nothing but your shirt. He's a pro."
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opens August 1st.
A remake of Death Race 2000, produced by legend Roger Corman, Death Race gives us a terrific excuse to watch Jason Statham drive really fast cars covered in armor plating and machine guns. Director Paul W.S. Anderson was excited to say there would be limited, if any, CGI. That means old school 70's filmmaking with tons of real crashes and insane car stunts.
Statham, who was treated to the entire Comic-Con crowd singing him Happy Birthday, confessed while he wasn't always behind the wheel, he got to do a lot of great driving. "These are hard cars to drive," Statham said, commenting about the extra plating that changes the feel of the car. "They're seriously tuned and if they go into a slide, they're hard to stop."
But the cars won't always be shooting. In this version of Death Race drivers must pass over symbols to activate their offensive or defensive weapons, not unlike a video game.
So we're talking about a movie-long car chase with suped-up cars, machine guns, a smoking hot co-star (Natalie Martinez) and what could best be described as car "power-ups."
Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi finally returns to the horror genre with Drag Me to Hell starring Alison Lohman and Justin Long. Logman plays a woman who pisses off the wrong old lady, bringing curses and craziness down upon her.
Raimi teased us all with a scary and, as is his style, hilarious clip where Lohman gets in a fight with the creepy old lady in question. Before the end of it, Lohman has stapled one of the lady's eyes shut and knocked her dentures out while the old lady tries to eat the lower half of Lohman's jaw. Hard to describe, hard to watch.
While Raimi rocked the Spider-Man movies, it will be nice to have him back in the horror genre where he began with favorites like Evil Dead.
Oh, and Raimi teased that he and his brother/writing partner Ivan Raimi might just start working on an Evil Dead 4.
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