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01.28.2009

If you were extremely lucky and in Los Angeles last night, you had the chance to get a sneak peek at Sam Raimi's return to horror DRAG ME TO HELL. Sadly I am stuck in icy New Jersey, miles and miles away from Raimi and crew. But lucky for us, we had a JoBlo.com reader we'll call "MBJ" who was able to make it and send back a full report. Did they like it? Let's just say, um, YEAH. Some spoilers await you below...

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Last night I was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening of Sam Raimi's new horror film DRAG ME TO HELL and I'm here to tell you, the man has still got it in the horror department. The film wasn't quite done and I'm going to be up nights hoping that they don't cut anything. Raimi managed to make a PG-13 film that is gory, scary and actually manages to surprise you at the end. He was sitting in the audience with us and I wanted to run up and hug him afterward.

The film begins in the 60's with a young boy who has stolen a gypsy necklace. His parents have brought him to a medium who fails to save his soul from the gypsy curse. He falls off a balcony, landing with a sickening thump and gets dragged through the floor into hell. We then cut to Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), a young woman from, we assume, the midwest who is trying to fit in in the big city. She's one of those blond, soft spoken, kind to puppies and children types who always makes the right decision...until the day an old gypsy woman enters the bank she works at.

Mrs. Ganush has defaulted on her home loan twice already and she begs our heroine to give her one more chance. Christine really wants to help, but her manager implies that if she doesn't grow a pair and deny the extension, she won't get the promotion she so desperately wants. She returns to the dirty nailed, phlegmy old lady rushing to put her teeth back in and tells her no. Let's just say that pissing off a gypsy is NOT a good idea...

I watch a lot of horror films and it's pretty hard to make me jump. DRAG ME TO HELL accomplished that over and over again. The sequence in the parking garage where the old bat attacks Christine in her car had me leaping out of my seat more than once. The woman's curse is so evil that her snotty handkerchief will scare the crap out of you. I'm sticking to tissues from now on.

And the sťance scene with the goat...I don't want to give you any spoilers, but it's a tour de force. Raimi got the tone just right here, balancing humor and horror perfectly. Anyone who can make a stapler attack look cool...well, he did EVIL DEAD so it's hardly a surprise. There are nods to classic horror, characters you actually care about and non-stop laughs. The film refreshingly original in a sea of Japanese horror remakes. It's absolutely excellent work and I can't wait to see it again. Damn it, I don't want to wait until May!

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:48AM on 01/29/2009

About time!

I, like many other Rami fans, have been waiting for his return to horror and it's great news that he has. Sounds like he has a winner on his hands. I will definately be checking this one out!

Thanks, Sam, we appreciate you giving us the reason we fell in love with you in the first place.
I, like many other Rami fans, have been waiting for his return to horror and it's great news that he has. Sounds like he has a winner on his hands. I will definately be checking this one out!

Thanks, Sam, we appreciate you giving us the reason we fell in love with you in the first place.
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11:08PM on 01/28/2009

Guess who sat next to raimi?

I did! He was so cool and humble about how awesome he is. He chit-chatted with me and my friends and even shared his popcorn. It was awesome. The movie was amazing, HITCHCOCK MEETS EVIL DEAD. Fucking splendid. What an experience!
I did! He was so cool and humble about how awesome he is. He chit-chatted with me and my friends and even shared his popcorn. It was awesome. The movie was amazing, HITCHCOCK MEETS EVIL DEAD. Fucking splendid. What an experience!
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10:37PM on 01/28/2009

NICE!

I repeat...NICE!
I repeat...NICE!
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6:54PM on 01/28/2009

My Most Anticipated Movie of 2009

I've been excited for this movie ever since I heard about it. I'm a huge fan of Ellen Page, so it was disappointing when she dropped out of this. But, luckily, they replaced her with another one of my favorite actresses, Alison Lohman.

If the comic con clip for this movie is any indication of the quality of the rest of the movie, then it will be a 5/5.

I'm glad to hear a positive response from the first review. But, that said, I'm not the type of person who is EVER influenced by
I've been excited for this movie ever since I heard about it. I'm a huge fan of Ellen Page, so it was disappointing when she dropped out of this. But, luckily, they replaced her with another one of my favorite actresses, Alison Lohman.

If the comic con clip for this movie is any indication of the quality of the rest of the movie, then it will be a 5/5.

I'm glad to hear a positive response from the first review. But, that said, I'm not the type of person who is EVER influenced by reviews. I find it a lot more accurate to assess the quality of movies from the trailers and clips rather than believe that someone else's opinion will exactly coincide with my own. I like to think for myself and whether this movie gets 100% or 00% on rottentomatoes, I'll still be there to see it on opening day.
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6:39PM on 01/28/2009
Honestly the story makes this movie sound like a piece of shit and I'm betting the day it gets released it will receive the same shitty reviews that all PG-13 jap-remakes get.
Honestly the story makes this movie sound like a piece of shit and I'm betting the day it gets released it will receive the same shitty reviews that all PG-13 jap-remakes get.
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6:21PM on 01/28/2009

wow!

That little write up above for Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell" turned me onto this flick! can't wait!
That little write up above for Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell" turned me onto this flick! can't wait!
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5:12PM on 01/28/2009
so is this The Arrows review or mike sampsons????

movie looks sweet
so is this The Arrows review or mike sampsons????

movie looks sweet
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4:55PM on 01/28/2009

How Nice,But

Still waiting for Trick 'r Treat.
Still waiting for Trick 'r Treat.
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4:33PM on 01/28/2009
From what I saw at comic con (the sequence in the parking garage, stapler attack), I am excited for it, it just looked fun. It will make you jump too.
From what I saw at comic con (the sequence in the parking garage, stapler attack), I am excited for it, it just looked fun. It will make you jump too.
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4:00PM on 01/28/2009

I was there!

Ok, so I attended the screening last night in Burbank and it will be an experiece I will never forget. The film gets a 3 out of 5 for now, but I 'm sure neccessary adjustments will be made to make it a 4 out of 5. I only wish it was rated R. Some scenes can be cut and or redone. Other than that, it was a suspenseful well told story. Sam Raimi was chillin in the lobby afterwards and I spoke to him about what I had thought. He listened and thank me for my honesty. A real down to earth guy. See
Ok, so I attended the screening last night in Burbank and it will be an experiece I will never forget. The film gets a 3 out of 5 for now, but I 'm sure neccessary adjustments will be made to make it a 4 out of 5. I only wish it was rated R. Some scenes can be cut and or redone. Other than that, it was a suspenseful well told story. Sam Raimi was chillin in the lobby afterwards and I spoke to him about what I had thought. He listened and thank me for my honesty. A real down to earth guy. See the movie when it comes out!
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3:44PM on 01/28/2009
They should have kept Ellen Page in this movie.
They should have kept Ellen Page in this movie.
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3:41PM on 01/28/2009

A good Ghost House production

I guess as long as it is directed by Sam Raimi it has the potential to be cool. I had pretty much written off his Ghost House horror films as crap. I'm sure I'll check it out though.
I guess as long as it is directed by Sam Raimi it has the potential to be cool. I had pretty much written off his Ghost House horror films as crap. I'm sure I'll check it out though.
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3:17PM on 01/28/2009

Yal !

It's Sam Raimi ! It will be great ! I know Spiderman 3 was a disapointement but it was not horror ! I hope to see an apparition form Bruce in that one too !
It's Sam Raimi ! It will be great ! I know Spiderman 3 was a disapointement but it was not horror ! I hope to see an apparition form Bruce in that one too !
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3:09PM on 01/28/2009

PG-13 Horror...

very rarely works for me, Il believe it when I see it.
very rarely works for me, Il believe it when I see it.
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2:35PM on 01/28/2009

Sorry......

....not a big horror fan, but even then, I definitely don't do PG-13 horror either.

Pass.
....not a big horror fan, but even then, I definitely don't do PG-13 horror either.

Pass.
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