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Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Sam Raimi

Starring:
Alison Lohman/Christine
Justin Long/Clay
Lorna Raver /Mrs. Ganush
Dileep Rao/Rham Jas
PLOT-CRUNCH
When cutie pie loan officer Christine Brown (Lohman) refuses a dough request from some old Gypsy broad, she gets cursed up the wazoo and weird shit starts to happen. What kind of weird shit? The kind that wants to drag ya…to HELL!
THE LOWDOWN

Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend, and a bright future. But in three days, she's going to hell.

When I first saw the DRAG ME TO HELL trailer, it didn’t do much for me one way or another. With that snapped in two, I was still in a tizzy to see Sam Raimi back to the genre that made him famous; he hadn’t tackled horror since the supernatural drama THE GIFT in the year 2000 and I personally missed him behind the macabre lens. Although I didn’t expect a masterpiece from DRAG ME TO HELL; I did hope for a good time at the movies…and a good time I got… scratch that… GREAT TIME!

DRAG ME TO HELL totally took me by surprise; I didn’t think I’d get THE EVIL DEAD 2 as a PG 13 curse movie out of it; and that’s exactly what it slammed my way. This was Raimi cutting loose and having a freaking hoot again! The flick was mucho fast paced, toppling efficient scare scene over efficient scare scene non stop. The manner in which Raimi used every day things to frighten us or even the way he communicated the evil entity (creepy shadows) were pure genius as well. Think old school with lots of bank backing it up. The camera movements were pure Raimi in their kinetic nature; stylish zoom-ins, titled angles, seriously insane shots… the works! Moreover, suspense was cranked to F*CK YEAH tagged with all kinds of morbidly delicious tongue in cheek humor. I can’t remember the last time I jumped in my seat and laughed this much during a horror film. Shite, sometimes I’d do both at the same time! Nice!

Acting wise, everybody was on the ball. Alison Lohman was tops as the lead chickadee that gets spooked. She brought a down to earth and cutesy quality to the role and that made her very appealing. Same went for Justin long who always come across as endearing in everything he does (MAC commercials aside) and Lorna Raver who was terrifying as the bitter Gyp dame with a curse to bear. Add to all that an AMAZING score by Christopher Young that evoked The Evil Dead in its violin heavy nature and a hadful of YOWZER gross-out gags that hit hard and had me forget I was watching a PG 13 flick and you get a hell of a horror ride .

Any negatives to spew? Nothing critical. Yeah, sometimes the CGI was too blatant for my gore buds, but I lived. My worse peeve though was that I picked up on one of the film’s tricks early on; hence that diminished the impact of the last block since I knew what was coming. But again; I lived,. All in all I dare ya to find a more satisfying horror roller-coaster ride in your theaters right now! I don’t what else to say, so I’ll shut the f*ck up and go attempt to grow up. See DRAG ME TO HELL!
GORE
There wasn’t much bloodshed but I got enough goo, creepy insect stuff and popping eye balls to be fulfilled.
ACTING
Alison Lohman (Christine) was credible and made for a lead to root for. She was also pretty dam adorable. Always helps in my case. Justin Long (Clay) did his usual “nice guy” shtick and it worked again! He just has that thing that makes ya like him. Lorna Raver (Mrs. Ganush) gave a balls to the walls scary/funny show that owned me hardcore. I wanted to punch Reggie Lee (Stu) in the face with a beer mug – good job!
T & A
Alison Lohman was VERY pleasant on the retinas, even though she didn’t drop that top. She did get in wet t-shirt mode though.
DIRECTING
Raimi so went back to EVIL DEAD 2 for this one it wasn’t even funny. So many of the same shots, similar wacky energy and even parralel circumstances. Lively, wild, show-offy while evoking potent tension – this was the Raimi that I love back in action! More please…MORE!
SOUNDTRACK
I have been following Christopher Young's career since I heard his outstanding score for HELLRAISER 2 – he has never let me down. And the man has done it again here with this chilling and randomly off-beat score. Props!
BOTTOM LINE
DRAG ME TO HELL exceeded my expectations! I thought I’d get an okay Sam Raimi horror flick but what I got instead was an all-out back to the roots piñata of horror zaniness. Well acted, fear-provoking, gleefully twisted, funny as shite and just all around entertaining; DRAG ME TO HELL hit the spot and then some. Granted some of the CGI was too obvious and man I wish I didn’t figure out one key surprise… with that my parade still stayed dry, nobody pissed on it. The film proved to me that you can still make a horror movie that bites within the PG 13 boundaries… that’s if you have talent and Raimi is filled to the brim with it! See it on the big screen! It’s a perfect date movie!
BULL'S EYE
The script was finished by Sam and Ivan Raimi after they did Army of Darkness in 1992.

Notice the old UNIVERSAL logo that opens the film...class!

Ellen Page was cast and then dropped out due to scheduling problems i.e. she thought she was better than "horror" cause of the hype Juno got her. Good for us! Lohman rocked it!

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3:40PM on 10/16/2009
This has been a weird year for me as far as movies go. There have been a handful of movies I just didn't dig the first viewing but on a rewatch I completely dug. I didn't dislike DMTH the first time, I just didn't gush over it like many people did. But a rewatch went down way smoother! From the awesome old school score, the absolutely wacky and over the top set pieces, the good performance and an overall fun factor of 100% you got yourself a perfect genre offering.
This has been a weird year for me as far as movies go. There have been a handful of movies I just didn't dig the first viewing but on a rewatch I completely dug. I didn't dislike DMTH the first time, I just didn't gush over it like many people did. But a rewatch went down way smoother! From the awesome old school score, the absolutely wacky and over the top set pieces, the good performance and an overall fun factor of 100% you got yourself a perfect genre offering.
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6:31PM on 09/25/2009

Almost there.

MINOR SPOILER ALERT!

I really wanted to like it, if only because I wanted to see Raimi redeem himself after the excesses of Spiderman 3. He nearly did. I was entertained for most of the running time; it provided a few laughs along with some "eww" moments (I did not mind the lack of gore at all). Mostly though what I got was a feeling best described as "Evil Dead nostalgia"; if I'm honest then what I liked most about this film was lifted straight out of that trilogy. My main complaint is the
MINOR SPOILER ALERT!

I really wanted to like it, if only because I wanted to see Raimi redeem himself after the excesses of Spiderman 3. He nearly did. I was entertained for most of the running time; it provided a few laughs along with some "eww" moments (I did not mind the lack of gore at all). Mostly though what I got was a feeling best described as "Evil Dead nostalgia"; if I'm honest then what I liked most about this film was lifted straight out of that trilogy. My main complaint is the ending: for me the last 20 minutes of the film were essentially ruined. The finale was so spectacularly predictable it was offensive, given that it was supposed to be a twist... incidentally, the kind of twist found in EVERY other horror film of recent years. A bit more originality please Sam.
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8:57PM on 08/31/2009

DISAPPOINTED!!!

Okay I'm just going to say it, I WAS DISAPPOINTED! Maybe because I'm an experienced horror fan but I didn't find anything terrifyingly scary or as most people are saying hilarious about this flick, it was just very goofy and cartoonish but I will give them one thing and it's that it was intense in some parts and has a brilliant sound/music score that forced me to jump in some parts and I applaud them for a great effort and job in that department. I thought the acting was pretty solid with both
Okay I'm just going to say it, I WAS DISAPPOINTED! Maybe because I'm an experienced horror fan but I didn't find anything terrifyingly scary or as most people are saying hilarious about this flick, it was just very goofy and cartoonish but I will give them one thing and it's that it was intense in some parts and has a brilliant sound/music score that forced me to jump in some parts and I applaud them for a great effort and job in that department. I thought the acting was pretty solid with both Alison Lohman and Justin Long being very likable and charming and worth rooting for as always but I have to say that Ellen Page should have done this goofy horror movie instead because I think she would have owned the part more and I just pictured her more for the role. I really wanted to love this movie but I wanted to see a nicely blended or pure horror movie that was highly praised by critics not a goofy/cheesey one. This is not Sam Raimi's best horror/comedy to date The Evil Dead still is unfortunately but I'm glad that he is back in the genre so maybe his next horror offering will back up the good reviews if it gets them that is. Overall this is an ridiculously overrated horror romp that was not what it was all cracked up to be but it did have this entertaining, grindhouse charm to it and has an memorable villain and has an better effort from the cast and crew than most horror movies these days but it doesn't deserve an 94% on rotten tomatoes I mean come on, I guess the critics got caught up in all the hype. Maybe Jennifer's Body will do a better job at blending humor and horror together because this one kind of lost it's steam and fear factor once it started to get a bit silly. See it drunk, it'll definitely might be more entertaining that way;
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4:23PM on 08/24/2009

Bland

After reading heaps of favorable reviews, I've been waiting all summer to see the movie.
The whole time, I kept thinking of the one mediocre review I'd read as I was watching and was bummed to see I completely agreed with it; I think I may have laughed once and the scares were completely ineffective for me.
After reading heaps of favorable reviews, I've been waiting all summer to see the movie.
The whole time, I kept thinking of the one mediocre review I'd read as I was watching and was bummed to see I completely agreed with it; I think I may have laughed once and the scares were completely ineffective for me.
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9:34PM on 06/23/2009

I'm confused

I just don't get it. I heard nothing but good things about this movie before I saw it and have continued to read good reviews since watching it ... and I don't understand them at all. I WANTED to like this movie, I'm a horror fan but as I sat in the theater watching all i found myself thinking was 'what the fuck!?". To me, every good thing that COULD have been done in this movie was wasted. Justin Long is usually good and entertaining, here he was bland and boring. The old lady looked
I just don't get it. I heard nothing but good things about this movie before I saw it and have continued to read good reviews since watching it ... and I don't understand them at all. I WANTED to like this movie, I'm a horror fan but as I sat in the theater watching all i found myself thinking was 'what the fuck!?". To me, every good thing that COULD have been done in this movie was wasted. Justin Long is usually good and entertaining, here he was bland and boring. The old lady looked creepy but they made her big 'fight' scene over the top and ridiculous. The CG was terrible and the lead actress wasn't convincing or sympathetic. I couldn't root for her. The scene with the demon attacking Christine weren't scary and bordered on comedy. What about the scene where they pull the demon out?

**SPOILERS**

As the scene unfolded I told my wife 'If the fucking Goat talks I'm walking out of the theater' ... and what happened? He did it! Holy hell was that pathetic. Then the dancing guy over the fire? please.

**End SPOILERS**

I also agree with the poster below who said the ending was bad and felt incomplete or rushed. Not to mention anyone with half a brain could see it coming from a mile away.

I don't know, I don't always agree with Arrow's reviews but I always respect his opinion. Here's a time I just have to agree to disagree with most everyone.

Terrible movie
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9:22AM on 06/08/2009
Hard to believe this movie was only PG 13. The beginning had me smiling (how many movies actually allow a kid to die?) Raimi really went all out on this one.
Hard to believe this movie was only PG 13. The beginning had me smiling (how many movies actually allow a kid to die?) Raimi really went all out on this one.
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12:56PM on 06/07/2009

Eh...

Perhaps I caught the hype machine too early, but I was pretty let down.

Granted, the film scared the shit out of me consistently and had me on the edge of my seat most of the time - something you don't get often these days in horror.

But I had two major gripes. I did not like Christine. I couldn't find myself rooting for her, and thought she was the least interesting female horror lead I had seen in some time. The ending bothered me too. It felt flat, rushed and lazy. Some might say
Perhaps I caught the hype machine too early, but I was pretty let down.

Granted, the film scared the shit out of me consistently and had me on the edge of my seat most of the time - something you don't get often these days in horror.

But I had two major gripes. I did not like Christine. I couldn't find myself rooting for her, and thought she was the least interesting female horror lead I had seen in some time. The ending bothered me too. It felt flat, rushed and lazy. Some might say it showed Raimi has balls - but simply, it felt entirely anti-climactic, the abruptness justified by shock value, even if the narrative had led it there.

Give me fifteen to twenty more minutes and a stronger (I do NOT mean happy) ending, and I would have dug the film a whole lot more.
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1:17AM on 06/01/2009

Loved it

I thought perhaps Raimi would have gone soft and more "timid" after 20 years of no EVIL DEAD-styled horror. I was wrong, and I'm really happy to say so.
I thought perhaps Raimi would have gone soft and more "timid" after 20 years of no EVIL DEAD-styled horror. I was wrong, and I'm really happy to say so.
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12:32PM on 05/30/2009

yes

this movie kicked all sorts of ass, well surpassing my expectations. aside from some obvious cg, it was fucking great from start to finish. highly recommended.
this movie kicked all sorts of ass, well surpassing my expectations. aside from some obvious cg, it was fucking great from start to finish. highly recommended.
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1:14AM on 05/30/2009
I feel like uncovering my halloween make up and going out, I can't get enough of this movie right now. It's really something to rip tickets at the theaters, smiling as they go into Drag Me To Hell.
I feel like uncovering my halloween make up and going out, I can't get enough of this movie right now. It's really something to rip tickets at the theaters, smiling as they go into Drag Me To Hell.
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