Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
This movie may have a silly ending but this movie has gross scenes in it and... just gross scenes in it with a demon old lady.
Love is crying
The moment Lohman's character chose to sacrifice a kitten (her own domestic kitten!) to reverse the curse an old Gypsy lady put on her marked the end of this film for me. I'm not squeamish, nor am I a hypocrite, but animal cruelty in a film (especially one as shallow as this) is a definite dealbreaker for me. I hope that the character burns in hell by the end, but I won't be there to see it.
[Sam Raimi is back! Salí de la sala, riendo, tratando de eslabonar pensamientos y eso fue lo primero que escuché, lo dijo una voz desconocida. Recordé una pieza decorativa, un póster que adornaba el cuarto de Alison Lohman. Era un gatito balanceándose, sostenido por sus garras frontales con una leyenda que decía: "Baby, hang on". Mi amigo, Kaleb no lo supo de inmediato (sentimientos encontrados). Su lectura se basó en la subversión. Raimi, básicamente, quiere que todos los banqueros se vayan al averno.]
[¿Y Sam Raimi, insisto? ¿Está de regreso? Mmh. ¿Se había ido? Un consejo, para disfrutarla tienes que creer. Repite para ti mismo: "I welcome the dead into my soul". Unas cuantas veces hasta sentirlo natural. Es el…
Die Bankangestellte Christine zieht den Fluch einer alten Dame auf sich. Es bleiben ihr nur drei Tage, sich von den dämonischen Heimsuchungen zu befreien.
Sam Raimis 2009er Horrorfilm „Drag me to Hell“ ist kein Glanzstück überkochender Originalität. Dem Regisseur und Drehbuchautor gelingt es nicht, den bereits in vielen anderen Filmen breit getretenen Plot „Fluch der Zigeuner-Oma“ mit auch nur einer neuen Idee zu bereichern. Der Horror in diesem Streifen entsteht lediglich durch billige Jumpscares und im Laufe des Film immer alberner werdenden Bodyhorror. Raimi scheint seit seinem Meisterwerk „The Evil Dead“ (1981) vergessen zu haben, wie man sein Publikum in Angst versetzt und beschränkt sich darauf, es mit selbst für 2009 wenig beeindruckenden Spezialeffekten zu erschrecken und zu ekeln.
Die Handwerkliche Umsetzung ist konstant fehlerfrei, aber uninteressant. Die Performance der Hauptdarstellerin Alison Lohman ist der Qualität der Films entsprechend nicht immer überzeugend.
Fazit: „Drag me to Hell“ ist Horror-Massenware, der etwas mehr Inspiration und Liebe nicht geschadet hätte.
Meh. Not terrible, but there are probably better ways to spend 2 hours.
SAM RAIMI, reminds us why he only makes horror, every few years, because he is a fucking suspenseful ticking time bomb of great horror films- that's seem to be getting even better with age.
My favorite director of all time, ignoring his, Oz the stupid and crap.
Ich stehe auf diesen Trash! Am liebsten gleich nochmal.
Much funnier than scary, but still pretty funny. Glad I finally watched this after buying it over three years ago!
- 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).
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
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- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).