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…
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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…
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There's always something about Sam Raimi's films that stop me from loving them. I think I've seen all but two now (the western and the baseball one) and at best I think they're "pretty good"... this one was expiring on Netflix today though so I thought I might as well. GUESS WHAT GUYS it's pretty good.
I really enjoyed how viscerally disgusting some of the early scenes were, but after a certain point it got a bit old... the big seance scene, that felt like it should have been the climax of the film, fell pretty flat in comparison to some of the early manifestations of the curse (the goat just felt silly, too)... I dunno. There…
Sam Raimi could make an entire movie of just people getting snuck up on by evil demons and it would still be pretty awesome. He seems to be dumping out notes from parts of the Evil Dead series. Without his directing, this would be a total waste. With it, it is pretty dumb but scary.
Drag Me to Hell is labeled as a horror, but much like Raimi's own Evil Dead II, it's more of a comedy with horror tropes than anything else. The movie is a fun and entertaining ride, but a somewhat predictable ending kind of ruins the last 15 minutes. Still, it's a pretty good thing to watch if there's nothing else on TV or if you want to watch a funny/scary movie with a group of friends.
I hated this when I first saw it 6 years ago, but this time I thought it was decent. Wildly uneven and the CGI is goddamn awful, but it's not terrible.
It's really fun to watch, even when things get a little corny. And that's because Sam Raimi knows how to make horror fun. The creative team behind Drag Me To Hell really know how to use conventional scares properly, and to their advantage. This film makes me want to be friends with Sam Raimi.
Directed by none other than Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) - the movie stars, Alison Lohman,Justin Long and others.
Drag Me to Hell, a fantastic-horror film and which offers unique scenes full (if not many) nonplus jolts. With sucker-punch ending the film can well sit with the fans of horror.
Still a lot of fun... over-the-top disgusting and jump-scares galore. Here, it seems to work for me.
"I don't want your cat, you filthy pork queen!"
Wow. I wish Sam Raimi would venture into more horror films. Since Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, he hasn't exactly treated us with any more of the same. I suppose that is alright, since it might have outworn it's welcome. This felt like a nostalgic watch for me. Just the right blend of horror and comedy that is often needed. I usually hate Justin Long, but he played the pretentious boyfriend pretty well. Major props to Lorna Raver as the gypsy woman...she was amazingly creepy.
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