Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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.
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.
A good horror movie that doesn't rely too much on gore.
filme muito bom com pitada de humor negro.
Sam Raimi returns to the genre that spawned him, and he is still in good form. Fun rollercoaster style horor, is not for weak stomachs. Great make-up effects, music score, and production design, and kudos for Lorna Raver's unforgettable hag from hell performance. If only it were possible to come up with truly surprising ending in horror films. This one couldn't do it.
Drag Me to Hell is vintage Sam Raimi. Basically, if you like Raimi's other works (most specifically the Evil Dead films), then you'll love it. But if you can't take his style and don't get his humor, then this film is definitely not for you.
Anyways, Drag Me to Hell is a great mix of scares, comedy, and excessive gore that provide never-ending entertainment. The level of creativity here is also worthy of mention. I can't go into details without giving spoilers, but let me say that even in its most intense scenes, it's impossible to take the film completely seriously. And trust me, that's a good thing.
Probably my only issues with it are a few nitpicks (the lead was weak and I have mixed feelings on the ending), but overall this is a fantastic horror film.
I can't believe I put this off for so long.
I remember this being a terrible experience for me to watch this horror/comedy film. At a first glance, I had no idea it was going to end up being part comedy as I came into the theater expecting it to be straight horror - because of this, I thought the "comedic" parts of the movie were unintentional and were caused by a badly written story or bad directing. When I confronted other peers who have also watched this film, they reminded me that those same parts were, in fact, intentional and were supposed to be laughed at or, at least, thought were funny.
I distinctly remember one part of the movie where the film's score got so loud that groups…
Pushing this one to 5 stars. I watch this movie so often and is probably my favourite horror over the past 10 years. Just good wholesome brilliantly realised Shlock horror.
Fun for all the family
remember showing this to everybody when the dvd came out. Remains scary and fun and i love Alison Lohman in it.
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