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.
"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.
"You SHAME me..." - Mrs Ganush
From the opening seconds of Drag Me to Hell, you can tell it's old-school. The retro Universal titles mark this and set the tone for a thoroughly entertaining and hysterical movie that delves back to the 80s and the heyday of Raimi's reign.
The plot is simple enough to ensure the film has a rocket-fast pace and doesn't get bogged down at all, which is refreshing, considering Raimi's first two Evil Dead films suffered from serious stop-start pacing issues. It also lends itself for some stunningly creative slapstick horror; from anvils crushing heads to a running-gag about biting chins, this delivers the full package and more. The similarities to The Evil Dead are nothing…
Sam Raimi proves with this movie that even 20 years after Evil Dead 2 he can still make really enjoyable horror-comedies. Quite gruesome for a PG-13 rating...
Entertaining as hell.
Pretty fun movie. Raimi is not my cup of tea, but he creates memorable set-pieces, many of which would work better for me if he didn't take them so over-the-top. Jumping the shark once per set-piece is fine, it's when he jumps it and keeps on going that it gets tiresome for me. I know that's sort of the point, just not my thing.
The ending bumps this review up a half star. Way to stick to your guns, Sam!
Really liked this film. It's not as effected on second viewing though but still enjoyable
Sam Raimi at his best. I love his comic style of horror, and even though I have a hatred for Justin Long, he was well cast here. Alison Lohmann was great.
A very underrated piece of horror by a master of the genre Sam Raimi
Unusual to see Raimi use so many special effects. This movie is funny primarily because the effects were so bad. But if you can get over that, it's an enjoyable watch.
Don't miss Drag Me to Hell... you will never look at handkerchiefs the same way!
I Don't Like 2009's Drag Me To Hell, I Don't Like It Because Me And My Brother Jesse Krajci Like Horror Films.
- 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
- Lilja 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).