Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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.
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…
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…
And so, we've reached what is quite possibly, the most unpopular opinion I will ever write on this very website. I have absolutely zero guilt regarding my actions from this point forward, as I find to have utmost confidence in my decisions here. Sam Raimi's post-Spiderman return to horror culture was amongst my favorite films of the the 2000's decade, let alone the last great horror feature to come out of that era in general. It's a return to all thing's Raimi, as you can utterly sense the vast amounts of fun he had while crafting this particular film. It was a movie not held down by any dogmatic form of studio overlook, nor person mantra. This was gung-ho from…
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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…
Me encantan los filmes no presuntuosos y este es el ejemplo perfecto. No teme desafiar el pacto del terror con secuencias graciosas e hilarantes.
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Drag Me to Hell
Raimi more than makes up for Spider-Man 3 with this return to horror. This film comes off as a spiritual sequel to the Evil Dead franchise, it's just as insane and silly. The films only weakness in my opinion is that some of the CGI is bad but not enough to really hurt the film but you will know it when you see it. Who would have though a fight featuring a tiny girl and an old Gypsy woman could be so badass but it's one of my favorite battles in cinema. The Lamia makes for creepy foe and the way the film shows him is clever and when…
The most disturbing part was when the old lady sucks on Allison Lohmans chin. Ugh I can't stop thinking of how gross that is. Solid obvious Raimi-fied wackiness which made it a delight to watch, even with dork sap Justin Long, who seems to always play sensitive pathetic boyfriends.
Sam Raimi, please make more movies.
I don't want to be cursed by a gypsy!
Imagine being an employee who wants to be efficient and productive and be faced by someone who thinks he/ she is entitled for an extension/ credit / favor. Annoting isnt it? Alex had one of those and how lucky she was to be faced by a witch who unleashed one formidable and scary curse !
The production values are disgusting and utilized well for the storyline. The goat scene was laughable, but unexpected!
charming even if various thematic threads are never properly tied up. Raimi directs this with such verve and *anger*, giddy that he's free of Spider-Man, I'd suppose. And Alison Lohman is terrific -- where did she go?
im the possessed goat
DRAG ME TO HELL is the product of when a major studio foolishly offers a lot of money to Sam Raimi to make a horror film and he gladly accepts while laughing in everyone's face.
After a long hiatus away from what we all know and love, Raimi's return to horror essentially plays out like a metropolitan set EVIL DEAD film and I don't think anyone's complaining. His loud, in your face, balls to wall style didn't miss a beat during his time in Hollywood, but in fact had only seemed to grow more confident. Only he could get away with balancing such a high wire act of relentless impending dread and ridiculous splatstick fun, all while cultivating in such…
A damn fine horror movie. Having spent years toiling away making Spider-Man movies, Sam Raimi returned to his Evil Dead roots and made a creepy, sinister, and brutal movie. Hell yes. Though this is most likely a one-off (as his next film went right back to the big budget well via the cinematic shoulder-shrug that was Oz the Great and Powerful), it sadly illustrates Raimi's greatest strengths and makes you mourn for the career he could be having.
I want to watch a fun movie.
I love arthouse films, but sometimes I just want to have fun, so…