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.
I'm not sure I appreciate this Teenage Pop Horror, with all the blood, wind, shaking of things and classic blonde protagonists. But I had fun with it.
Anything marketed as 'Raimi's Return to Horror' was destined to be criticized for lack of payoff; a statement like that is just inviting negative comparisons to the Evil Dead Trilogy, but nothing could meet the youthful overexcited energy of those films. Plus his years making "serious" movies (whatever that means) gave him a taste for plot and characters not in alignment with earlier works. That being said, in less than 15 minutes, Raimi introduces with remarkable economy all the main players, they're primary motivations, glimpses into their past, key plot devices and all the important themes; if I were to judge this movie purely on craft it'd be 5 stars, but Raimi's sense of humor doesn't always jive with me which made me actively not like some scenes, but I can overlook the 10% I didn't like in favor of the 90% that I loved.
Solid fun movie from Sam Raimi, a Raimi version of Night of the Demon (which is a good thing), where a cursed button needs to be passed on before the demon comes. A lot of funny gross-out stuff and possessions in a definite Evil Dead style, this one just rolls and rolls, never letting up.
Not scary, but thoroughly entertaining.
The climax is a little slight, but Sam Raimi's cartoon aesthetics make the whole thing worth it. It's little more than an extended episode of Tales from the Crypt, but what more do you want? I do kind of dig how there's a recurring theme in Raimi's movies about the evil of selfishness, and how even someone who considers themselves to be a good person, can enact great pain to others in a moment of weakness.
In Drag Me to Hell le colpe del sistema le pagano sottoposti e capri espiatori. Perfetta conseguenza della banalità del male dei capi #privè
Watched with Jonny S in Britannia Mills. Had previously watched with John. Subsequently watched with Fran and John in West Didsbury, Nov 2014.
Essentially a Sam Raimi version of an EC Comic.
If that sounds appealing to you then you will have a great time. If it doesn't sound appealing to you then, well, I don't understand the way you think.
A good horror movie that doesn't rely too much on gore.
- 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
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)