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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.
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…
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.
I get about 95% of my movies from local libraries. Luckily I live in The Eight Cities (our area's nickname) and I have access to over 100,000 DVDs in those different cities. I bring this up....because after trying to watch this movie numerous times before...I finally found a DVD that was not all scratched to hell. So was the extra effort worth it?
This one stars Alison Lohman as a loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home and finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Justin Long is also along for the ride as Lohman's very supportive boyfriend. In his return to the horror genre, Sam Raimi directed and wrote(with his brother) the movie.
"Drag Me to Hell," with its gooey, over-the-top charm, is a richer story away from being a great, PG-13-rated horror film. Sam Raimi's post-"Spider-Man" return to the genre, finds him concocting a light-weight tale of a woman harassed by an ancient curse that unfolds more like a string of horror set-pieces rather than a cohesve narrative unit.
The set-pieces, however, are pure Raimi and make the experience worthwhile. These bone-jarring, crash-zooming, delightfully jolting highlights, punctuate a film that is solidly crafted, adequately atmospheric, but never feels like a serious exercise. In the end though, if "Drag Me to Hell" is simply a directorial palate cleanser between big-budget spectacles, it is encouraging to see Raimi return to his cartoon-creepy roots.
SO AWESOME, holy shit. This film is brilliant. I was really surprised by it
Ridiculously entertaining, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell is a deliciously fun horror film with strong comedic elements. It never took itself seriously, which gave room for its dark humor to mingle with its cool storyline in order to provide big laughs and several effective scares. It was simply awesome.
As anyone could tell you, I am an avid Raimi fan. This is by no means the first time I've seen Drag Me To Hell and it likely won't be the last.
BUUUUT, this is the first time I've watched it with my other favorite thing in the world, which is MST3k/Rifftrax. As always, the guys managed to make an already awesome thing even better.
Here's to hoping that Sam never gives up his awesome style, and that there will be future Raimi Riffs really soon.
This was really fun and Lohman was pretty great here. One of the CG shots was terrible but the rest of the stuff worked well. 5 stars if the entire movie featured the goat though. That goat had more charisma and charm than the majority of actors working today.
A movie that fitfully starts and stops, alternating between fun Evil Dead-style horror scenes and stupefyingly dull and obvious dramatic scenes, making you wish she'd just go to hell so we can all have some fun. Or just watch Evil Dead 2 again - a movie that never slows down.
Nunca había salido del Raimi arácnido y lo cierto es que sus ridiculeces, cuando no están mancillando la esencia de un superhéroe, son un divertimento cojonudo que mezcla muy bien la comedia repulsiva, el humor negro y el susto más efectista. Es una mezcla que fácilmente caería en el despropósito si no fuera por el distintivo estilo visual de Raimi, que es un caramelo para la vista, y la chica protagonista que me parece un monísimo acierto de cásting.
Sam Raimi volviendo a sus raíces y riéndose del estado actual (bueno, del estado en el 2009) del género de terror. Asquerosamente genial, aunque le falta un poco más de cabra.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- Ace in the Hole
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- After Hours
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