Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Drag Me to Hell
Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend, and a bright future. But in three days, she's going to hell.
After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. Her only hope seems to lie in a psychic who claims he can help her lift the curse and keep her soul from being dragged straight to hell.
This movie is basically Sam Raimi grabbing bland, mainstream horror by the collar and proceeding to spend 100 minutes kicking the shit out of it.
And it's fucking awesome.
Incidentally, it also works as a terrific allegory for bulimia. Think about how much of the horror scenes revolve around the witch vomiting on Christine or shoving her hand down Christine's mouth or various other substances entering and exiting mouths. And think about how many random, out of nowhere mentions we get of Christine's past as a fat girl. Or how all the food is depicted as rotting or gross. It's one of those things where once you know to look for it, it's completely obvious.
But yeah. This movie's awesome. The scene with the goat especially. You all know what I'm talking about.
Allow me to not act my age and indulge in a bit of internet slang:
This is the GOAT PG-13 horror movie ever made.
Raimi's return to his own brand of horror is exciting, scary, funny and over the top; sporting a half-serious, half-ridiculous tone it seems like a spin-off of the Evil Dead films, Raimi's style being on perfect display here. The scares are effective, ranging from typical loud noises and quick edits to slower spine-chilling moments. As for disgusting moments, there are plenty of those as Christine, the main character, gets all kinds of things in her mouth: handkerchief, blood, fly, maggots, embalming fluid and an eyeball to sweeten things up. She also gets her hair teared off several times. All these moments are very exaggerated and through repetition they become highly amusing. The characters are unrealistic, it's like they're kids inside…
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Pure, essential Sam Raimi. I went through this entire movie thinking it was from the mid-90's—which isn't to say that it looks bad (quite the contrary), it just looks purposefully dated and (as a result) super campy. It's derived from that quirky element of Sam Raimi that lead to the famously misunderstood dance in Spider-Man 3. It's the kind of movie where 90's CGI looks right at home. It has a possessed, talking goat. (And this amazing moment already mentioned by sydney.) I wouldn't call it a horror-comedy, but I definitely laughed through a good amount of it. That's also not to say that the horror is completely undermined—there's still plenty…
Take a look at the original Spiderman trilogy and you’ll know that Sam Raimi doesn’t work with the best scripts ever; writing it himself didn’t help much in that respect as Drag Me to Hell proves. Basically there is too much being said by actors and too little by camera. We zoom in on an empty desk, with a nameless name-board, labelled as the assistant manager’s desk, whilst Alison Lohman’s eyes desperately linger over it. Then she sights. It’s completely obvious what’s happening, but still we hear her establishing the fact that there is an open vacancy for assistant manager a few seconds later. This is one example, but it’s something that repeats and repeats itself throughout the rest of…
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Until roughly four months ago I thought this film was the closest thing we'd get to Sam Raimi directing another Evil Dead movie. Drag Me to Hell doesn't just have a ridiculous amount of call backs to the original Evil Dead trilogy, but it also captures some of it's spirit. How can you not be reminded of Henrietta (Evil Dead II) when Mrs. Ganush shows up?
Bruce Campbell isn't here (not even a cameo? WTF?), but the casting was perfect in finding Alison Lohman as a surrogate for those imperfect characters Sam and Ivan Raimi love to write. She doesn't spend the whole film simply being terrified, but she's also funny when she needs to…
The bluntest horror film I think I've ever seen. If the ending had been any different, it wouldn't have been memorable. This film reeked of Raim, especially the goat possession scene.
I really like the humour and how the movie takes itself not too serious.
Sam Raimi FTW
Me encantaría que hubiera muchas más películas de horror dirigidas por Sam Raimi.
No es perfecta pero tienes que quererla. Sam Raimi es el puto amo y esta es una ley universal.
“I beg you and you shame me?”
When it comes to talks about Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell – especially during the time of its release – I’ve seen things like “a return to true horror” or “modern classic” being scattered around, but as much as I can appreciate the components here, I’ve never really found it to be anything special. Sure, the production value, effects and sounds are excellent all the way through and the highlight of the film is the bits with the black comedy in the vein of The Evil Dead’s over-the-top madness but aside from that I don’t find much special with the film.
Even with a telling title like Drag Me To Hell, the…
A friend saw this opening night and proclaimed "Sam Raimi's back...in a big way."
We all thought his proclamation was ridiculous...
I then saw the movie and realized it was also wrong...in a big way.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
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