Newswire: Sam Raimi lends his signature horror-comedy touch to a car commercial

In between executive producing his new series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Sam Raimi recently managed to find the time to direct a car commercial so clever, Don Draper would have approved. Unfortunately, it’s not for the Oldsmobile Delta 88, but for Chevy’s new Malibu and Cruze.

The minute-long spot riffs on the old cliché of ominous warnings presented to new homeowners in horror movies. “We approached the development of the Chevrolet trailer in the same way we would an actual movie – by thinking through the plot, characters and eventual outcome,” Raimi says. “I’ve been in plenty of theaters where the audience is so concerned for the safety of the main characters that they call out warnings to save them. That’s what this is based on.”

Featuring such Raimi signatures as blustery winds, quick zooms, and flickering lights, the commercial builds to a punchline where a horror …

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