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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.
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…
After freeing himself from the exhausting production schedule of big-budget blockbusters while he was working on those Spider-Man movies for nearly a decade, director Sam Raimi returns to a less hectic, low-budget & much simpler project and carves a thrilling mix of horror & comedy that's as jumpy as it is ludicrous.
Drag Me to Hell tells the story of a bank loan officer who, in order to convince her boss that she is perfectly capable of making the tough decisions, refuses to grant loan extension to an old woman who, in retaliation, places a deadly curse on her. As the supernatural forces begin to torment her, she turns to a seer for help.
Co-written & directed by Sam Raimi, the film delivers…
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…
Here kitty, kitty...
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…
Damn, I unintentionally rewatched a movie again. It somehow seemed familiar the whole time and I always knew what would happen next but I cannot remember having watched it. That is strange but apparently I have seen it already. Anyway, I am not going to change the movie in the challenge since I did not know about this.
Drag Me to Hell is still a really great movie and I will most probably watch it again sometime. Hopefully I will not forget again that I have seen it already.
Overall rating: 7/10 or 3.5/5
Somewhere, there's a hilarious version of this movie where the old woman, the fortune teller, and the medium are partners in an overcomplicated scheme to fake hauntings and bilk people out of all their money.
It's definitely a strong horror movie, with that distinctive Sam Raimi twist. It also triggered all the wrong parts of my conservative religious upbringing and is, therefore, going straight to the "good movies I will never watch again" pile.
31 Nights of Halloween: Night 21
Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi does what he does best, just with a larger budget.
Drag Me To Hell, I believe is when horror started to look promising again. After all, pretty much everything in the 2000s have been gory remakes and jun until Drag Me To Hell showed up with something fun, gross, creepy, and didn't take itself TOO seriously.
Yeah, I wouldn't mind a Justin Long sequel (Alison Lohman, where the hell are you???) Also, Peter Jackson, this should be your next move.
Film 19/31 | October 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #22: A film with the word "Hell" in the title.
Drag Me to Hell, another horror movie directed by the brilliant Sam Raimi.
While watching the movie, I was wavering back and forth on my feelings for the film the entire time. There were some things I enjoyed, and there were some things I didn't care for. But then the ending happened. Just, wow. It was satisfying and heartbreaking at the same time.
Drag Me to Hell dragged on for a bit there, but then pulled me in at the last second. It's an entertaining watch.
this is by far one of the most ridiculous horror movies I have ever seen oh my god
Wile E. Coyote puts a gypsy curse on the Roadrunner.
Christine didn't even do anything wrong. that old bat was completely unreasonable. she made it clear she had no intention of paying back the loan.
it's another one of those things pop out and sometimes surprise you movies. but they never scare you, just surprise you. there's a lot of gross out stuff too. but it's just not scary at all. plus the CGI was totally awful. the whole movie felt like a cartoon. not in a good way.
Keith, do you read me?
Some parts do flirt with the prospect of going too far and spoiling the hugely enjoyable madness that persists relentlessly throughout Drag Me To Hell's run-time, but it keeps things together surprisingly well. It never goes off the rails, somehow. The actual events happening on screen here are often so gruesome, crazy and hilarious that they're hard to comprehend, but I absolutely love it. Occasional dodgy CGI aside, the movie is well-made and the allusion to eating disorders was a very interesting slant on the storytelling alongside Alison Lohman's fantastic performance. The jump-scares genuinely come out of nowhere, breaking the overwrought build-ups to jump scare so run into the ground these days.
A deceptively clever horror movie (or is it?), Drag Me To Hell always stands out to me as a favourite. It's great fun, disturbing and contains some absolutely classic gross-out moments mostly involving some of the genre's most unique mouth-themed terror.
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