Sam Raimi says George Romero Inspired HimMeh
In an interview posted on MoviesOnline for Drag Me to Hell Sam Raimi opened up on what inspired him to get into the horror genre and his answer is one that brings a smile to my face. It seems George Romero's fantastically insane Night of the Living Dead has done more then just inspire fans, it has made filmmaekrs. Sam Raimi tells them;
The first horror film that had a tremendous impact on me was George Romero’s Night of The Living Dead. I was probably about ten years old and my sister snuck me into the theater under her coat, if you can believe that. It was a crime that was committed against me, watching that film (laughs). I was too young. And it blew my mind, the terror. I could not believe it. I was so terrified watching that film (laughs).
He also goes on to mention a few others who have inspired him including some obvious ones like Hitchcock;
I admire the work of Stanley Kubrick and Fellini and Bergman who I studied briefly in school. And I love Hitchcock. I think he is the master of storytelling in general, not even suspense. He really knows what information the audience needs to communicate a story point. No more, no less. His brevity is still refreshing and brilliant. You can learn a lot by watching Hitchcock.
Go here to give the entire interview a read. Sam Raimi talks about what made him get back into horror as well as quite a bit of information of course on Drag Me To Hell.