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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Part of the 31 Days of Horror
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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…
"I don't want your cat, you DIRTY PORK QUEEN!"
Sam Raimi did a very good job... I watched it with my youngest daughter (19) and we loved it.
Casting of Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) would not be my choice but she had a good run on a very demanding role.
Movie with a twist, and very unexpected situations which are a real warmer in these Australian winter days of 25'C...
Watch it... you'll like it!
Better than spider-man 3 not as good as the evil dead series.
Its hard to do comedy/horror successfully, but Raimi has always had a good grasp of the genre.
This is as entertainingly demonic as it needs to be for a Raimi film and has some good gross out laughs too.
Another kid friendly movie.
My kids have been getting a lot of props these past few blogs. Another film I watched with them is the 2009 Sam Raimi horror / comedy Drag Me to Hell. I first saw this film on a horrible date. The movie was my only escape for the total disinterest my companion and I shared towards one another. I remember that the screening I attended was one of my favorite from that year. The audience was totally into the movie and was screaming and laughing at all the right times and it really made the film that much better. I love it when the experience of going to a theater plays a positive part in the…
Its slight schtickiness is better suited to a quicker pace, not this start-and-stop nonsense that only exposes the piecemeal genre slivers. With the exception of the parking lot brawl and maybe the seance, it's like "What the fuck, I sat through all that rote downtime and in return I get 'eye in a pie' or 'goat shadow' or 'ghost face napkin'. What a gyp.
Thank the acting gods Alison Lohman was cast as lead.
Drag Me to Hell is a return to form for Sam Raimi. After making the end to his Spiderman trilogy, he went back to his horror roots. Drag Me to Hell while scary isn't all out terrifying like Evil Dead 1 and 2. It has its moments for sure. And the ending is abrupt as hell, came out of nowhere and not in a good way. Felt rushed. But overall Sam Raimi proved that he still had it in him to make a horror movie.
Funny over the top moments - but very unique and fun horror film
Ridiculously creepy. So Raimi!
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