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.
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.
In which.... Sam Raimi reminds of how to do scary horror movies with a decent reasonably original idea.
Sam Raimi just show how to make a good horror movie. Boomm!!! Eli Roth
Jeg hader generalt chock-gyserfilm der spiller mere på det voldelige og klamme, end det uhyggelige og psykologiske. Men skønt Drag Me To Hell er en af disse klamme chock-gyserfilm, var det en ret god oplevelse.
Filmen er et comeback til gysergenren af Sam Raimi, der i 80´erne brillerede med sine lavbugdets kult gyserfilm, og denne film er også meget i den stil. Personligt fik den også point for at chokende ikke var helt hjernedøde, det betød nemlig at jeg kunne kigge lidt mere på skærmen end normalt med sådan nogle film.
Men jeg vil gå så langt som at sige at denne film godt kan blive en moderne kult klassiker. Den har de 3 hovedelementer, de klamme effekter, den skæve…
I'm not entirely sure what to say regarding this film as a whole. It's not a horror film that portrays mystery or confronts morality, even though the turn of events are caused by a tough decision (the economically correct decision). The horror is very much physical rather than psychological, or so it would seem. I've had a short discussion about this film being about this character's struggles with anorexia/or some eating disorder, and while that might be true, it sure doesn't make its way into the dramatic narrative. I had to recall all of the supplemental details regarding it, and decided that it was just too buried for it to be important.
I was pretty upset with myself for predicting a major event. Maybe the story just wasn't inconspicuous enough. I'd say it's at best a movie with more reward the less the audience is paying attention throughout.
Sasm Raimi vuelve a mezclar el terror con el humor y los gags más guarros imaginables, y el resultado es una película muy divertida sobre una chica perseguida por una bruja (y, de hecho, que hasta se merece que la persigan). Lo mejor, el final.
Unas cuantas corrientes de aire y todas las guarradas imaginables metiéndose en la boca de la protagonista y voilà, Drag Me to Hell.
It took me a while to finally watch this movie, despite the insane amount of rave reviews from both film critics and horror fans.
At first, I was slightly disappointed. My expectations were rather high and it didn't quite blow my mind, but I began to really enjoy it once the film started to kick into gear.
Alison Lohman is terrific in the lead role and the script is pure Raimi.
Though it may not reach the heights of his "Evil Dead" films, it shares many of the same sensibilities.
It's one of the most gleefully campy and purely fun horror movies in recent memory.
The movie isn't perfect, but anticipating whether to expect a laugh or a scare kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Just Sam Raimi being Sam Raimi.
- 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).
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- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
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