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.
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.
Part of the 31 Days of Horror
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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 can't remember how willing i was to be seeing this film the first time around, but you sure as hell will be dragging me to a second screening...
Two eyeballs blown clean out of my head...... out of five
I loved it! I really get a kick out of Raimi's addition of cheesy, humorous moments to an otherwise serious horror film, a la Evil Dead. But this wasn't Evil Dead either, and was interesting and entertaining and even a little scary. I'm not sure if I liked the ending, but I liked its cynicism.
GOD DAMN AWFUL MOVIE
This movie wasn't scary, it was just disgusting. I really can't believe this is a Sam Raimi film.
I'm not a fan of all of Raimi's schlock motifs, but I think I am a big fan of his obsession with demonic vomit.
Demônios boxeadores, bodes e cenas bastante nojentas fazem Drag Me to Hell um filme para poucos.
Tecnicamente é ótimo, direção boa, atuações convincentes... Mas toda a história e como ela é executada é tão, mas tão galhofa que fica difícil de engolir. Parece o tipo de filme que você assistiria numa festa de Halloween com uns amigos com total falta de compromisso.
Talvez eu reescreva esse review daqui um tempo, ainda tô confuso. Creio que estou dando nota baixa mais pelo tema do que pela qualidade em sí, não sei.
From the very get go, Drag me to Hell is constant assault on the senses, effectively removing any possibility of tension or disturbing buildup. I would be fine with this if it were an entertaining and intentionally stupid or comedic horror, but because of this unending barrage of loud noises and cheap scares, it feels incredibly long, drawn out and boring, despite a relatively short running time.
One of Raimi's best...glad he threw this one out there! (own on DVD)
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