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Drag Me to Hell [Blu-ray]
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Sam Raimi co-writes and directs this supernatural horror. Ambitious young bank loan officer Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is approached by a mysterious old woman, Mrs Ganush (Lorna Raver), asking for an increase on her mortgage. In order to safeguard her promotion prospects and impress her boss, Christine denies her the loan. In retaliation, the old woman places a powerful curse on Christine, turning her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by her sceptical boyfriend (Justin Long), she seeks the aid of psychic Rham Jas (Dileep Rao) to save her soul from eternal damnation. As evil forces close in, Christine must now face the unthinkable in order to break free of the curse...
After dedicating himself for the best part of a decade to the Spider-Man franchise, director Sam Raimi returned to the horror genre with tremendous style in 2009 with Drag Me To Hell. A film that fused together the ethos of the director’s earlier Evil Dead movies with the toolbox of tricks that he’s picked up since doing big blockbuster movies, it’s a fabulously fun and quite unnerving piece of cinema.
Raimi’s working on a lower budget than we’ve seen him with for some time with Drag Me To Hell, but not for the first time, he makes every buck count. Few directors know the horror genre as well as Raimi, and he generates tension and jumps from clever set-ups and expertly executed sequences. Plus, he’s little intention of following the horror movie template here, which adds to the sheer entertainment factor.
So what’s so special about the Blu-ray? The extras package isn’t particularly enticing, after all. Yet the picture quality and quite stunning sound mix lift the film notably. The latter in particular, as the sound stage is swamped by subtle noises and audible shocks works extremely well, and is perhaps the best among a few reasons for considering a high-def upgrade here. A strong movie, wonderfully presented. --Jon Foster
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Refreshingly, the subject matter could be considered rather simple and old-fashioned at a time when horror cinema releases are littered with those of the `torture-porn' variety. The plot concerns Loans Officer Christine (Alison Lohman) who turns down a request for a mortgage extension to an old, feral, one-eyed gypsy woman, a firm stand intended to impress her boss and increase her chances of promotion to assistant manager. Enraged, the gypsy woman attacks Christine in the car park and snatches a button from her coat, uttering a gypsy curse. From here, events take a turn for the worse for Christine as she discovers that she is to be taunted and bullied by cloven-hoofed demons for three days before being dragged down to hell to burn for eternity. Support for Christine in these dark times comes from Clay (Justin Long), her sceptical yet highly supportive boyfriend, himself a high flying academic from a wealthy background and whose mother disapproves of their relationship. In one of the most memorable scenes, Christine attempts to subdue the forces of evil while dining with Clay's posh parents for the first time.Read more ›
The co-writer and director 'Sam Raimi' is responsible for one of the few films that have truly un-nerved me down the years, believe me I've seen 100's if not over a 1,000 horror flicks down the years and very few really get to me.
this film is creepy and does have it's moments of 'horror' there is as with most, one or two scenes that are a little silly, however overall it is well worth a spin.
There is only one way to break the curse and that is to pass the curse onto someone else, she tries to pass the curse back to Mrs. Ganush but of course it all goes wrong. I'm not telling you the end but it's well worth a watch.
Watching it again had me look upon it a little more favourably, but it's still not as good as his much earlier work.
There's more than just a hint of The Evil Dead in here. Raimi works on convincing you that the characters are just every day normal people in which extraordinary things are going to happen. Within 15 minutes, you know Lohman's character is in trouble and that's where the jumps start. Most of them are cheap shocks in truth, but they all work really well. You'll know what I mean when you jump out of your seat because of a handkerchief.
When I went to see this at the cinema with friends most of them had pretty much the same reaction. Not being familiar with Raimi's work or that the movie was intended to be tongue-in-cheek and quite funny in parts, the general opinion was that it failed as a horror movie, but succeeded as a comedy movie. The `gumming' scene comes to mind as a particularly funny scene which is also quite sinister at the same time.
I find it particularly amusing that I went to see this movie three times at the cinema and this is my second view of it on DVD and I still jump out of my seat at some of the scares. Some of them are just so unexpected that when you watch it again you just forget they're there.
There are two different versions of the movie available in the US, theatrical and uncut. The uncut version is the only version available in the UK, although the DVD artwork does not specify this. A few scenes are bloodier and the F-bomb is dropped. The certificate is still 15 though. I couldn't recommend picking up Drag Me To Hell more, it's officially one of my new favourite movies.
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The reviews on rotten tomatoes looked excellent and so I bought this hoping for something good. It really is not fantastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roberto
It is gross and gory in parts; not for the squeamish. Not excellent but it is different. Not like anything I have seen before. Good acting and a unique storyline. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aspie girl.