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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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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…
"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.
Hugely entertaining return to the genre which helped make Sam Raimi. It doesn't quite hit the dizzying heights of his first 2 Evil Dead films but there's enough gross-out humour and skilful set-pieces to see it succeed easily. Not scary enough? Tell that to the audience I was sat with opening night. This was one of my favourite multiplex experiences I can remember. Lots of squirming, screaming and nervous laughter from all corners. What fun. That sort of reaction makes a mockery of those who complain about ratings. Such a trivial and ultimately meaningless complaint when a film is good. A very convenient stick to beat a film with when it's not.
I do have a couple of issues. Even…
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Agreeable enough horror romp. Occasionally amusing, but never scary. The lack of empathy with the lead characters lets the whole film down and the fact that the male lead looks like Ross from Friends younger brother doesn't help matters. The slightly stereo typical eastern European witch character ultimately steals the show, and sadly gets way too little scream time.
i loved this!!
Once again, it is proved that, when it comes to movies, “little expectation = huge enjoyment.” I had lots of fun watching this movie. It’s not perfect, but it’s got that element… A Sam Raimi element… a fun-loving, entertaining, crowd pleaser. Another good movie for ‘when-friends-coming-over.’
Not as memorable as the Evil Dead films, but still pretty entertaining.