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…
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Film #3 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge
Task #3 : Film featuring a curse
Pardon me while I collect myself. I'd drafted a review in my head as I was watching this and the whole thing just got blown out of the water by the last 5 - 10 minutes. How I view watching this film won't be the same. I guess I should've expected something more than a mediocre cliche horror from the creator of Evil Dead but I'd rather have not been disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, this film was far from amazing to me. Just the end really, really redeemed itself. I could've guessed that there'd be a twist at the end but I genuinely…
Film 269 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Drag Me to Hell is sadly a very underwhelming film from the master who directed the Evil Dead Trilogy. The first problem being the film should have been called 'Drag me to Hull', a much more scare premise.
The film does work in some areas: It's only 90 minutes long, which is always a bonus, the cast are good and there is some disgusting imagery.
For a Sam Raimi film, there is sadly a lot a terrible CGI, which is a shame as Raimi's previous films were an orgy of incredible practical effects.
I just hope this doesn't mean that the Ash vs The Evil Dead TV series is going to be a mess of bad CGI.
Film #3 for Scavenger Hunt #4 - July 2015
Task #3 - Film featuring a curse!
Remember that childhood game "Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?" Okay, maybe I'm just that old. Anywho, don't piss off Gypsies. Ever. If movies have taught us anything, be it in SNATCH, THINNER, or many others, it is this: Don't. Fuck. With Gypsies. And check your pockets, dammit!
I enjoyed this comedy-horror film from one of the originates of the sub-genre. I believe I saw this with Charles at the midnight screening at the Music Box.
This is just a fun film full or scares and laughs
A return to form for Raimi
Alison Lohman plays a loan officer in a bank who refuses credit to an old gypsy woman and gets a curse put on her
That's really all you need to know now sit back and enjoy this film
Sorry...am I missing something?
I really don't understand the fuss for this movie. It is textbook PG-13 horror that follows every painful cliche the genre has to offer to the page. I would call Alison Lohman's acting downright pitiful, but I think the criticism should be aimed more at Sam Raimi's script if anything. To be frank, it's godawful. Now, I'm not gonna sit here and complain about the characters' "lack of complexity" or whatever-the-fuck, because obviously a movie like Drag Me to Hell isn't where to expect that. BUT! Using the characters' stupidity to further a plot? N to the O. It's a tired, worn out "technique" that was never any good in the first place. And unfortunately, DM2H…
I didn't quite get the hype. But it was fine!
Tooooooooo scary!!! And yet some scenes were laughable. Overall I "liked" it, as much as I can like a horror movie. So scary!
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…