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.
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…
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.
the best movie of the 2009
Spectacular return to form for Sam Raimi after his years at the helm of the SPIDERMAN trilogy. Pity this film wasn't successful enough and forced him back to the big budget excrement of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. This movie, however, is just wonderful. Gross without being gory, silly without being stupid, and scary without being a disturbing, this is one of the most purely entertaining of modern horror films.
Short Review: Back in the day, this film heralded Sam Raimi's return to horror/comedy, and I think the hype dragged me into blind-buying this.
Yes, it is a good-looking horror film with some freaky special effects, lots of jump-scares and noise, and quite a few over-the-top moments. None of it really made me laugh and none of it made me scared, but it is service-ably entertaining all the same. The last scene provides the punchline though, which you can see coming from miles away, and kinda makes the whole endeavor seem pointless.
So, in the end, it's a good film worth seeing once. But, I never really felt the urge to see it again (I mean, here it is five years later and I nearly forgot the movie exists...).
Decision Time: Should I Keep This Film In My Collection?
I almost want to, since the movie looks so good, but I'm leaning towards "no."
Obviously Sam Raimi has a lifetime of good will from much of his past work, but I simply cannot get on board with his style of filmmaking from the late '90s onward (the Spider-Man films are excepted for the most part, though I haven't seen them in years so they may not be, I don't know). His later work feels incredibly contrived. I notice it every time my dad watches For Love of the Game on tv (which, let me tell you, is quite a lot), and that artificiality extends to this as well. I get that this should come across as a spoof of modern horror, and I appreciate the effort it makes to successfully pull that off, but…
This film is terrible, gross, scary and great. And that ending, holy shit.
Entry #14 Drag Me To Hell - Sam Raimi - 2009
Drag Me To Hell is a very interesting film to me. I find it interesting that if one were to take this seriously, it's a very bad film, but if viewed as a silly satire/B-Movie tribute, it works. Its plot, at least to me, is incredibly uninteresting but I can't help but feel that that's the point. It seems that Raimi is mocking modern horror flicks while still giving his trademark creative flair that made his past horror films so enjoyable.
Throughout the film the audience sees a lot of repeated "scary" devices that are shockingly silly, but once again it feels intentional. The fact that the film…
I saw this three times at the movie theatre. Then and now, it's great to see Sam Raimi getting his mojo back by making a good ol', moderately budgeted, down-n-dirty horror flick after toiling in the big-budget Hollywood sandbox for almost a decade.
The story, about an ambitious loan officer (a very good Alison Lohman) who makes a bad decision and ends up with a Gypsy curse on her) has the streamlined, efficient simplicity of a great TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode capably expanded to feature length.
It's scary, silly, fun, fast-paced, well-acted, and an all-around great time.
Old school Sam Raimi came to play even in a PG-13 movie. The scares and performances are great, there is some really good humor, and that ending hits like a ton of bricks.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.