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Drag Me to Hell
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Oct 12, 2009 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Sam Raimi

Actors:
Alison Lohman
Justin Long

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A meek banker (Alison Lohman) is the unwitting recipient off a supernatural curse when she denies a loan application from an elderly gypsy (Lorna Raver). Unless she finds a way to break the curse in three days, sheíll be dragged to an eternity of torment in hell.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was very disappointed by the fact that DRAG ME TO HELL didnít turn out to be the sleeper success everyone was expecting it to be. It marks the long awaited return to horror for helmer Sam Raimi, and while it isnít quite THE EVIL DEAD, it was still a ripping good horror flick that deserved to be seen by a wider audience.

Hopefully, with its release onto blu-ray/ DVD, DRAG ME TO HELL will finally get some of the credit its due. Despite the PG-13 rating, DRA ME TO HELL is still a surprisingly scary horror flick- that creeped me out big time when I saw it in theaters. While it loses a bit of itís bite when seeing it at home (also- while the box heralds the UNRATED directorís cut- it doesnít really boast any significant extra gore), itís still very effective.

One of the best things about DRAG ME TO HELL is the great performance from star Alison Lohman. It really should have been a star making turn for her, and she does a hell of a job as the likable thing. What makes the premise work so well is that I didnít want to see Lohman dragged to hell, and I was rooting for her throughout, despite the fact that sheís playing a flawed heroine, whoís momentary lack of scruples gets her cursed.

I also thought Lorna Raver made a great, creepy villain, as the one-eyed gypsy witch, Sylvia Ganush. Seeing it again, I was still squirming in my seat everytime she turned up- especially during her parking garage attack on Lohman, where she loses her dentures and starts toothlessly biting Lohmanís jaw. Ergh!
THE EXTRAS
Surprisingly, this blu-ray is fairly barebones, with a half hour worth of production diaries being the only bonus feature. No commentary, deleted scenes, or even a trailer. Pretty disappointing if you ask me, but the diaries are still fairly fun- with lots of mugging from co-star Justin Long, and a cool segment on how Lohman did all of her own wirework during many of the big set pieces.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís really too bad that DRAG ME TO HELL underperformed at the box office, as I was hoping this might mark a new horror direction for Raimi. Hopefully heíll return to the genre after he finishes SPIDERMAN 4, but considering how massive a production thatís sure to be, itíll probably be awhile before we see another fun horror flick like this from Raimi.
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