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Plot: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. Runtime: 99 mins Release Date: 29 May 2009
Sam Raimi's Return to "True Horror" is a Triumph (by PoisonKeyblade)
From the intense opening scene to the stellar and shocking finale, Sam Raimi has officially returned to the horror genre with vigor and spark in the year's best horror film so far. Starring Alison Lohman in the leading role Ellen Page was originally cast as the lead but dropped out of the project early in production , Drag Me to Hell feels like much more than your average, predictable horror popcorn flick. It's filled with plenty of twists and turns and, like any good ride, a satisfying conclusion. And the PG-13 rating? Forget about it! You hardly notice that little factor because of <more>
how immersed you become in the story. Also starring are Justin Long, David Paymer, and Lorna Raver.Christine Lohman , a loan officer at a bank with a lovely boyfriend Long , is being considered for a promotion. Jumping at the opportunity, she comes across an old gypsy woman Raver who requests a third extension on her house. Her boss Paymer tells her it's a tough decision, and its her call, so she refuses the woman's payment. Absolutely infuriated, the woman stalks Christine after work and bestows her with a supernatural curse, one which she has only three days to overcome before the spirits drag her to hell.Lucky enough to have won tickets to a pre-screening of the film, I had heard nothing but great things about it. I was hoping for the best, but I wasn't sure how the comedy and horror would mix together. Much to my surprise, the horror and comedy in Drag Me to Hell are that rare perfect mix of perfection that one craves in horror movies. If too funny, they can go overboard, but not this one. In fact, I don't think I've seen quite a proper mixture since Raimi's own Evil Dead II.Perhaps the most shocking thing about the movie is how well it's made technically. It had all sorts of interesting shots and the real work of a master filmmaker. Having both written and directed the film, Sam Raimi more than proves his worth to the horror genre despite his long absence since Army of Darkness. In ways, this is also a sort of revival of what people with think of PG-13 horror movies. Drag Me to Hell is one of the most intense, scary horror films in quite some time, despite the PG-13 rating which many tag as already crap.Drag Me to Hell is full of its epic shocks, and the less you go in knowing about it the better. I could go on for hours about the movie and spoil everything there is to know, but that would truly ruin some of its appeal. Which is certainly not to say that it is lost after a first viewing, just that it's an experience unlike any other going into this movie watching virtually no clips and reading very little about it. It becomes a truly rewarding experience.Mrs. Ganush is one truly phenomenal villain that provides plenty of scares. Lorna Raver infuses the role with an enthusiasm - an terror - that is rarely seen in big-screen baddies. She has more personality than The Ring's Samara for sure. Clay's character provides a much-needed balance between the goofy and the horrific, and helps make the film's heroine, Christine, all the more believable. It was an interesting twist to see Justin Long in a horror film, despite the nature of his role. I believed his performance and the sincerity of his character. Lohman had a lot resting on her shoulders with this movie, and she totally pulled it off with flying colors. Nobody plays the terrified, but headstrong and determined female lead better than Lohman, and she proves her worth over and over again in this movie. She totally has a career ahead of her.Overall, Drag Me to Hell did more than just impress me nonstop. It was a masterpiece of a horror movie, with unrivaled intensity, scares, and one killer of an ending. More often now, horror directors/writers seem to have such a difficult time ending their movies properly. This one has an ending which snugly solidifies the movie as an early contender for best horror film of the year. Don't miss Drag Me to Hell... you will never look at handkerchiefs the same way!
Went to the world premiere of Drag me to Hell last night at the Chinese theater....and while I had seen quite a bit of the film with no sound I was still incredible surprised, and impressed! I have always been a big Sam Raimi fan....I watched Evil Dead 1&2 and Army of Darkness religiously in High School....so to be able to work on Raimi's return to horror was an honor and a pleasure. And this does not disappoint. It was exactly what I would have expected from a master of comedic horror that got to really cut his teeth on the mega budget Spiderman series. Extremely refined...but not a <more>
product. It doesn't feel like a typical Hollywood film....yet has the production values of one.I was extremely excited when I got my invitation to attend the premiere and I was not at all disappointed. The final film is both one of the creepiest and scariest film I've seen in a while, and yet in perfect Raimi brothers style....very funny even at times most other film makers wouldn't have been able to make it funny .I'm not going to spoil anything, but for those of you that saw the PG-13 rating and groaned let me say....don't let it deter you. As with other great Raimi films the scare is in what is NOT seen....which is what makes it so damn scary! I wish more horror filmmakers would finally realize that. There are some extremely tense moments brought on by nothing but great camera work and awesome sound design.If you want a genuinely creepy movie....and a great laugh go check it out when it comes out. You will NOT be disappointed.Oh, and none of my shots were cut!!! Woohoo!
For those of you old enough to recall watching "The Evil dead" when you were a cub, you might remember what a scary and traumatic experience that might have been. I could not sleep for days and when I did, I slept with the door open with a clear path into my parents room if something out of the normal approached. Drag me to hell, drags us all back to the good old days of horror where true impactful scares are made yet the film takes you on a roller coaster ride where you just don't know where or when it will end. With a flawless story and well crafted, sound design was <more>
outstanding and therefore helped deliver the chills, this film will feel like going to a very expensive restaurant and eating meal where you feel so satisfied, you bask in the experience. You will feel the same after seeing this movie. A definite triumphant return to cinema by Raimi to a well elaborate masterpiece
A much needed revival for the horror genre. (by Stay_away_from_the_Metropol)
Drag Me To Hell is exactly what it should have been. It effortlessly takes a dump on 90% of the rest of the horror movies this decade has offered us. In 2009, we are flooded with brainless remakes and Saw rip-offs, which was never a great series in the first place. Only Sam Raimi the king of horror in my opinion has the power to bring a completely original horror movie back to the big screen in this day and age and capitalize with it. It was one of the most intense movie-going experiences I've had in some time and I see it as a wild ride that no one should miss out on. It is guaranteed <more>
that you will be either jumping or cringing in your seat half the time, unless you are one of those people lacking heavily in the department of sensitivity and/or general thought processing. The movie is entertainment and horror fun in it's purest form. A lot of people complain about CGI, and in a lot of cases I agree, but in Drag Me To Hell, they were never trying to hard with it - it was always in good fun and in a movie paced like this, with it's Sarcasti-Horror, it is certainly fitting.It is, without question, a new horror classic - thanks to it's basic yet innovative plot, likable blondie, loads of bodily fluids, and an ending you will not forget. Let's hope Hollywood takes some hints and allows studios to start making original horror movies again.Thank you Sam Raimi. Loved it.
The early trailers for Drag Me to Hell dubbed it as sic "the return to classic horror", and for once at least, they are correct.Sam Raimi manages to incorporate genuine thrills and terror using the old-fashioned format of surprise, misdirection and suggestion. As a frequent viewer of horror films, little surprises me, but in this film I was caught off-guard several times while watching it.While the majority of the movie is kept on a serious and foreboding level, much like the original "Evil Dead", Raimi can't help but throw in elements of the absurd and slapstick <more>
during some of the more horrific scenes, thus reducing the tension and echoing the latter 2/3 of the "Evil Dead" trilogy.WHile I have nothing against the modern trend of horror movies to provide shocks merely in the form of how much blood and gore they spill, this flick was wonderfully refreshing. It's a must-see, not just for Raimi fans, but for anyone who loves a good scary story and a great movie in general.
Dragged to Hell: Another Experiment in Grueling Terror (by amarcordforever)
To properly and fairly access my experience with seeing "Drag Me To Hell" Sam Raimi's The Gift, Spider Man much anticipated and blogged about new opus, we must first take a little trip back in time to the year 1995. As a kid, I had always been intrigued by the horror genre, most of which likely spawned from my parent's extreme hatred towards it. While they perused the Comedy and Drama sections of our old video store then stocked to the brim with VHS tapes, I might add I found myself sneaking off to the far left corner among the gory, trashy, at often times downright <more>
pornographic cover art that adorned the paper sleeves for films such as "Invasion of the Blood Farmers" and "Deadtime Stories". Like a college freshman introduced to mass quantities of alcohol for the first time with no guidance in sight, I was on overload. What were they attempting to keep me from? If I slid this threw the door of my old Sony T-120, what exactly would I be getting myself into? One would like to think I found the answer that day instead of being forced to watch "The Jerk" for the ten thousandth time, but alas, my first experience with the "terror" genre began that same year, late at night, in the comforts of my own bed, with a remote control, a freshly fluffed pillow and the Sci-Fi Channel. The words flashed onto the screen, "The Evil Dead" in blood red, bold faced lettering. As I watch the plot unfold I found myself paralyzed by the images I was seeing. Humans being possessed by demons, dismembered by their own friends, maniacally laughing in a distorted, demented all together frightening way and above all jumping out at me when I least expected it. I was changed. My outlook on movies changed. My fear of the dark was created and that was WITH commercial breaks. Of course, I have only one man to thank for getting me hooked on the "Terror" genre and that is Sam Raimi.After almost twenty years since "Army of Darkness" the final installment of the Evil Dead franchise Mr. Raimi returns to his old stomping grounds with "Drag Me to Hell", the tale of Christine Allison Lohman, Matchstick Men a loan officer whom forces Mrs. Ganush, a sick, decrepit gypsy woman from her home by denying her an extension on an already delinquent bank loan. As fate would have it, after work in a desolate parking garage, Christine is attacked and the curse of the Lamia is placed onto her. In the days to follow she is brutally attacked by unseen entities, experiences visions of a deformed Mrs. Ganush and attempts to reverse the curse by contacting psychic mediums. Time is of the essence, but taking the curse off proves to be much more difficult than it was to put on as we witness Christine attempt to silence it before she is dragged to hell.Earlier on, I referred to my obsession with the "Terror" genre. Terror differs from Horror in that its goal is to completely terrify the audience as opposed to simply scaring them. "Drag Me to Hell" falls into one such category. From start to finish, you make the first plunge down the drop of a 100 minute roller coaster and in the end feel as if you've been tossed around and abused by a master manipulator, Raimi. It is evident, through the use and placement of scares, gore, mixture of comedy and horror as well as pacing of the plot that Raimi didn't have to do much dusting off to get back in the game. He clearly knows that, in this genre, simplicity is often times the best course of action. The storyline and its unraveling is basic, often times boarding on naivety, but the absolute madness that ensues within its walls is comparable to a warm piece of chocolate cake. Allison Lohman who replaced Ellen Page in early stages of development does a fine job of portraying Christine and the character arc that she goes through. Page would have brought a bit more grittiness to the role, but that's beside the point. Lohman is able to bring the charm and diversity to the part. Justin Long as Clay, Christines boyfriend, delivers as always and manages to keep it real in a role that could have very easily turned corny had it not been handled correctly. Supporting cast, Mrs. Ganush Lorna Raver and Rham Jas Dileep Rao the Medium are both convincing in their extremely demanding parts. What's so special about "Drag Me to Hell" is that it knows its roots. It takes us back to the days when it was a true "experience" to see a horror/terror movie. When you went into a movie theater and the audience jumped, yelled at the screen and quivered in shock and disgust. At the conclusion it brought them to their feet with a standing ovation and all along with the mindset of, "Okay, we're all in this together, let's make it out in one piece." "Drag Me to Hell" is what a good experience at the movies is all about. There will be those who hate it, loath it even, but for the handful of us that were transformed into obsessed fans of this niche market by a master director, it will validate our love for the genre and will forever stand as a true testament of the best it has to offer. As for myself, for a short moment in time I was a thirteen again, curled up under my covers, frozen with fear, and loving every single minute of it.
Drag me to Hell is, really, a throwback in so many ways to the fun of The Evil Dead 2. The camera angles, the excellent score - it all recalls how Raimi played with us in his earlier trilogy. What has changed however, is the sense of pace. We know its coming and Raimi employs all his skills to draw out the tension. The thrills are all there in place, I jumped like there was an electric buzzer under my seat. Perhaps a little too much CGI is indulged in but its easy to forgive in a film as wicked and blackly comic as this. I genuinely found the film disturbing for a 15 as well, again I think <more>
this is a mark of tension that Raimi creates with the score and camera work throughout the film. So incredibly refreshing to see a horror film with out the hallmarks of the recent saw franchise. Special mention for the ending, which has conviction and guts and was the proverbial cherry on top of the cake. throughly entertaining.
It took Sam Raimi to bring fun back to the horror genre, and I'm so glad he did. In a sea of 'torture porn' and 'found footage' garbage, this is a rare jewel that makes you realize what you've been missing as a horror fan.If you're into Sam's other works, you will greatly enjoy this film as it hits all the right notes and contains many of his trademark moments and nods to his early films. It's light on the blood and guts compared to the Evil Dead trilogy, but I didn't miss it all that much because I was having too much fun with everything else.If you <more>
don't get black comedy, perhaps this film will confuse or disappoint you or come off as 'cheesy', but this is classic Raimi style and I love it. It's good to see many practical effects back in action and his camera work is as great as ever.I like horror films to be fun and this certainly fits the bill.
Sam is bringing scary back, those other directors don't know how to act, I think it's special what's... um, yeah, I suck at opening lines, sorry (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
Hmm, it's interesting on some of the reviews I've been reading on IMDb with users saying how Sam Raimi has "returned", hmm, when did he leave? Well, I'm assuming because he hasn't really done a horror movie for a while, he got into those crazy and over the top Spider Man movies I'm not dissing, loved Spider Man 1 and 2 . So when I first saw the trailer for Drag Me To Hell, I can't tell you how excited I was to see the movie then came, sigh, the rating. PG-13 horror movies are normally pretty terrible, they don't have much suspense and are so tame that <more>
it couldn't scare the super intelligent 5 year old. But, somehow, Sam Raimi, our awesome director of such cult classics as The Evil Dead series and Darkman, has brought us the intense and sure to be a new cult classic "Drag Me To Hell".We meet Christine Brown, a loan officer with a promising future. A position for assistant manager has opened up at the bank where Christine works, and both she and her rival co-worker, Stu, are up for the promotion. Christine's boss, Mr. Jacks, advises her that she needs to demonstrate that she can make tough decisions and hard calls when she needs to. That same day, Mrs. Ganush, an elderly Gypsy woman, asks for a third extension on her mortgage because she is struggling with her economic problems due to her sickness. Christine, after a private talk with Mr. Jacks, denies Mrs. Ganush the extension against her better judgment to prove herself to her boss. In desperation, Mrs. Ganush begs Christine, and kissing the hem of her skirt. As a crowd of customers and employees gathers, Christine panics and shoves the woman away, shaming her in public. That night, in a parking garage where Christine is walking to her car, she notices Mrs. Ganush's yellow vehicle parked across from hers. Christine enters her car and realizes that Mrs. Ganush is staring straight at her in the back seat. After a short struggle, Mrs. Ganush removes a button from Christine's jacket. Mrs. Ganush places a curse upon the owner of the button and says to Christine, "Soon, it will be you who comes begging to me," before returning the button. Pretty much Christine enters the seventh circle of Hell at this point with this curse and tries to get rid of it through the help of her boyfriend, Clay and fortune tellers.Drag Me To Hell was very cleverly made and even has a morbid sense of humor to it to give the audience a breather. That's why Sam is awesome, he knows what it's like to be the audience, with so many horror movies today that are just a huge loud noise to scare the audience and it's the cheapest horror trick now in my opinion, he adds a joke to it to let the audience go with the flow of the story. This film is gross, gory, funny, scary and just all together a great horror experience. I have to say that one of my most hated clichés in horror movies are the old people that are supposedly creepy, but aren't, Mrs. Ganush definitely made me not only cringe but made me make my boyfriend to promise to shoot me before I get old well, she was scary! Trust me, really scary; ah, just go see the movie, it's a good recommendation.8/10