Drag Me To Hell

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Director: Sam Raimi 
Writers: Sam Raimi/Ivan Raimi
Producers: Grant Curtis/Sam Raimi/Ivan Raimi/Robert G. Tapert
Starring: Alison Lohman/Justin Long/Lorna Raver/David Paymer/Dileep Rao
Year: 2009
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 99 minutes

Christine Brown is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, Professor Clay Dalton. Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home. In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas  to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse?

You shamed me!”

Drag Me To Hell is written and directed by none other than the man behind Evil Dead, Sam Raimi but should this movie go to horror heaven or in the depths of Hell? The story is quite an entertaining one and has some good, solid parts however there were a couple of parts in the movie which let it down a little. The characters were written well as you followed the tormented Christine, hoping she’ll find a way to avoid her nightmare from Hell…literally. Alison Lohman was brilliant as she gave out a great performance as Christine, Justin Long also did a great job as her boyfriend, Clay. The writing was very well done but there were a couple of plot holes that couldn’t be ignored. The direction was great and the CGI was very well done and had made for some great viewing. The scary scenes were also well executed, there were a couple of scenes that made you jump out of your seat.

Drag Me To Hell is one of those movies that you must watch in the dark on your own. The movie itself has an eighties feel to it which I loved and the acting was very good, especially from Lorna Raver who plays the creepy gypsy Mrs. Ganush. I really enjoyed this movie because I liked how it didn’t focus on gross-out gore to scare you but instead focused on jumping scenes and I thought that it made a nice change to what we normally see in horror movies today. There were one or two bugs that I had with the movie and I can’t really put them in my review because I would be spoiling the movie but it doesn’t really ruin the movie for you. Sam and Ivan Raimi have done a great job in making Drag Me To Hell and it really shows how much attention they had put in this movie. If you want to watch a horror movie that scares you the old-fashioned way with hardly any gore, then watch this. Also, Raimi fans will be pleased.

7/10
A great horror movie to watch in the dark by yourself. You’ll be jumping out of your skin!

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3 responses to “Drag Me To Hell

  1. Joe July 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I liked this movie! I thought the horror movie cliches and the “comic book style” scenes were done the right way and with appreciation for the genre unlike similar movies where they use the cliches and portray them as if they’re a new and amazing idea. The gypsy woman was brilliant, really enjoyed the first half of the film in particular.

    • Dazz July 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      I agree with you Joe, I thought the movie was great but there were one or two bugs that were hard to ignore because they stuck in your mind but it didn’t spoil the movie much. I’d recommend this to anybody who wants a good scare.

      Thanks for commenting!

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