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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Part of the 31 Days of Horror
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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…
Drag Me to Hell is a return to form for Sam Raimi. After making the end to his Spiderman trilogy, he went back to his horror roots. Drag Me to Hell while scary isn't all out terrifying like Evil Dead 1 and 2. It has its moments for sure. And the ending is abrupt as hell, came out of nowhere and not in a good way. Felt rushed. But overall Sam Raimi proved that he still had it in him to make a horror movie.
Funny over the top moments - but very unique and fun horror film
Ridiculously creepy. So Raimi!
Why can't Sam Raimi direct more stuff like this nowadays?
After denying an old gypsy woman a third extension on her mortgage, Christine Browne (Alison Lohman) is scourged with a horrible curse. An aggressive and powerful demonic entity is unleashed upon her, threatening to put the young woman through three days of visions, nightmares and phantasmic attacks before pulling her into Hell for eternity. Following the encounter at the bank, Christine returns to her boyfriend (Justin Long), shaken but completely unaware of the terror she will soon face.
Drag Me To Hell is just a barrel of fun. It evokes the campy spirit of Raimi's Evil Dead films in every frame, building an engaging mythos and relentlessly pummeling its protagonist…
Can someone please explain to me why this movie is somehow "good"? A review in which I was so frustrated that I felt like I was regurgitating maggots, you know, like how they ACTUALLY regurgitate maggots in this movie.
Film #25 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #3. Film featuring a curse!
WHO I watched it with: My wife (for about 15 minutes) Then by myself
WHAT was my state of mind: Wondering if I would hate it as much as I did last time I saw it
WHEN I watched it: Right around midnight
WHERE I watched it: At home
WHY I watched it: Scavenger Hunt, wife's pick (at first), second chance
HOW I watched…
Film # 16 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge
Task # 3: A film featuring a curse
Sam Raimi is back as a horror director. He made the “Evil Dead” series and “Drag Me to Hell” is also a very entertaining horror film that we shouldn’t take too seriously. It has big clichés, over-the-top make up and effects and some humoristic takes on the genre.
“Drag Me to Hell” was already written years ago by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan, when they simply called it “The Curse”. That curse is still the central theme of the film, when loan officer Christine denies an old woman a loan, so she increases her chance for a promotion. That same…
Film 11 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task 3. Film featuring a curse!
Jayce's July Scavenger Hunt
Sam Raimi took a break to do the Spider-Man trilogy, but he and I both know that his true love and talent lies in horror. From the director of the Evil Dead trilogy comes this new film which is able to retain some of the visual aspects of Evil Dead, while updating the effects some. I am not a huge fan of demon films, but Raimi is the best at possessions. He makes them scary but hilarious at the same time, here making great use of a goat possession. This is a story with a simple yet entertaining plot. The atmosphere that was created was wonderful, and I really loved the ending, which was somewhat predictable, but not overly so, and still entertaining even if it is predictable. A must watch film for horror aficionados.
Scavenger Hunt 4! (27/30) - "A film featuring Hell!": letterboxd.com/milo123/list/milo123s-scavenger-hunt-4-scavenger-world/.
"You'd be surprised what you'll be willing to do, when the Lamia comes for you."
Another attempt to broaden my knowledge of the horror genre, Drag Me To Hell is the first film from director Sam Raimi after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, and the first movie that I've seen by him that doesn't feature Peter Parker in the suit, and it makes for an interesting experience as a sometimes funny, sometimes scary horror that never really shines, despite being full of promise with a few things that prevent it from being a great movie.
The film follows Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), a young woman with a good job,…
Feels like a feature length TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode...
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