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…
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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…
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.
Sam Raimi's throwback to the 80s' horror style is as funny as it is surprising. The campy gross-out violence in Drag Me To Hell is gut-wrenchingly hilarious.
Not just crazy, but in love with being crazy. Campy, but totally committed. I wish more horror movies were this much fun.
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse.
A for this director typical mixture of straight (and gory) horror with some irony and humor, all well staged, but just not above standard entertainment.
This right here hurts my brain... Not sure how to rate Sam Raimi using the excuse of making fun of horror films to make a somewhat entertaining movie.
I didn't have the highest expectations of this.As I am not a Justin Long guy.However, this movie was alright even with him in it. Loham was believable as the main lead.As was the bank manager and the elderly woman.However, her back story served no purpose.Or even went anywhere. Same could be said for Justin Long's parents.As that dynamic went nowhere either.
There was some scare moments.However, it was predominately the same scares over and over again.So instead of being pensive.You are left annoyed at Justin Long and waiting for her to attack her.The seance scene has been done better in other movies as well.
It was okay.Not something to rush out to see again.
i saw drag me to hell when it came out in 2009 (i can tell you the exact date because i have LOGS going back to 2008: june 6) with my mom (my mom was my only friend in 2009) and i dont know about her but i definitely thought it was hilarious
i still do but also it's pretty racist??????? the whole g*psy woman curse thing??? that's really, really bad??????? welp
oh god i love this movie, it's one of my favorite dark comedies of all time tbh
what's more iconic than a possessed goat saying "you trICKED ME, YOU BLACKHEARTED WHO-O-O-RE!!! YOU BI-I-I-TCH!!!!" (maybe it's funnier in context)
anyway, i will never forget the first time i watched it film, left speechless and confused about wtf i had just watched, lol.
such a fun watch, it's been a couple years since i watched it in it's entirety but definitely worth it. sam raimi is the gift we wish we never got tbh (i mean that with lots of love)
Cool nightmare logic, cool effects, cool Raimi shit. It's a little too shiny at times, but it's cool. Cool.
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