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.
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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.
Yeah, it's PG-13, and no, it isn't as great as Evil Dead 1 or 2. But so what?
I love every anvil droppin', fly exhalin', goat talkin', ruler stabbin', grave diggin', kitten killin', hell draggin', curse of the demon homagin' frame of this thing.
I knew going in that it was going to be quirky so that helped. It was entertaining, a few parts I actually laughed. Not scary in the least, good way to kill a couple hours with friends. It was so quirky that I looked it up and didn't know if was a Sam Raimi (Evil Dead), that explained a lot and kind of enjoyed it more knowing that. A cursed item is given to a woman and she starts seeing frightening visions. She seeks out to break the spell with the help of psychics and mediums.
Propongo slogan para la película: "Ella desahució su casa. Ahora, le desahuciaran el alma". Por favor Raimi, vuelve a estos terrenos, te necesitamos.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Some points about this movie, because I'm too lazy to write a real review.
>As a horror movie it's awful
>As a horror comedy, it's not great
>Rami did amazing things with the Evil Dead trilogy and the horror comedy genre but this is dire.
>The only stand out positive thing I can say about Drag Me to Hell is that the subtle (real?) plot about the central characters bulimia is great, but not good enough not enough to hold up the entire movie, like some might say.
Sam raimi's horror flick is one of those oncein a life time horror films that actually has a good story, good performances and doesnt just rely on jump scares it also proves that Justin long's in all the best horror movies, there's a talking goat in this movie LOL that actually was so stupid and funny that it almost runined the movie because everything was scary but it lead up to a very silly exorcism like scene were this guy gets possessed and is dancing on fire then this prop goat starts talking it was hilarious but bad, so overall Sam raimi's horror flick drag me to hell is a very good movie three point five out of five stars, 3.5/5 stars.
Sam Raimi's statement on contemporary body image. Brilliant and subversive horror at its finest. Very romantic.
Horror. Comedy sometimes but HORRIFYING
I'm glad to have watched this, has a little problem of unreality but it is fun sometimes and throw us into some up and down. Like it.
Because of my inexplicable tendency to avoid any new releases with any sort of hype built around them, I never saw Drag Me to Hell until now. And I chose to watch the Unrated version so I have no idea what was held back for the theatrical release.
In general, I have a very tough time with digital graphics in horror. There are many exceptions to that, but the main one is in horror-fantasy. So there was a stark tipping point for me with this film, and it was that seance scene. Since I'm a good 6 years late to the party on this one, I'd completely forgotten anything I'd seen or heard of it, so it was at that scene that I realized this was taking the crazy horror-fantasy route, and I was sold.
Not Raimi's best, but a fun and sometimes scary horror flick nonetheless.
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