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Drag Me to Hell (2009) Movie Reviews

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11/25/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I really enjoyed this old-fashioned creepy horror

Woehaa, I got a flash back here for a minute. It reminded me of the old days when I used to hire VHS tapes from the local video store with totally unknown, strange, low budget horror movies. Everything you could see in those movies occurs in this flick ... the tilting filming at critical moments (yep also used in "Evil Dead"! The mother of all horror movies for me), the meat maggots, the whirling autumn leaves, the plopping eyes, puking a dead cat, the arm penetrating a mouth.... etc.

Some scenes are just slapstick material: the scene in the car where old Mrs. Ganush loses her false teeth and then lies drooling on the lower jaw of Christine ... magnificent. Death Mrs.Ganush tumbling out of her coffin in such a way that the putrid drool runs over Christine's her face and she s...

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3.5/4 

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Moviegoalie
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04/13/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The return of the Raimis?

Director and Co-writer Sam Raimi returns too his horror-comedy roots only now with a bigger budget. The good news is most of Sami Raimi fans will be highly satisfied with "Drag Me to Hell". There is however, one very big disappointment: the ending. The movie's main character Christine goes through a great deal of pain and suffering thanks to the curse placed upon her in which she does everything possible to save herself. Sadly, the "twist" is too easily executed, although to it's credit, it might fool a few, but it is not strong enough nor shocking enough to really warrant the reason for the commonly labeled "silly ending". Another complaint is that some may find the characters a bit annoying and "moronic" and therefore some won't care what happens ...

 

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02/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Drag" Is the Word all right!

Alison Lohmann plays Christine Brown, a loan officer who longs for the position of an assistant manager position. She is hoping to get a promotion, but faces competition from another, a male employee. She wants to convince her boss that she is "tough enough" to take on the responsibilities of the new position. Christine gets her chance to prove herself a tough decision maker when an old lady named Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) begs for a third extension to her overdue mortgage payment. Christine denies her the mortgage to seem more assertive and make a good impression to her boss Jim Jacks (David Paymer). But something's not right with the old Ganush crone, and after assaulting her in her car, Christine is cursed by the old woman to be sent to hell by demons within a few days. Now Christine, ...

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2/4 

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01/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Drag Me To Hell" by Yojimbo

A young banker is cursed by an old gypsy woman and desperately tries to find a way to break the spell before she is consigned to the pit. Obviously owing much to the kinds of hokey horror compendium's produced by Hammer and the like, Drag Me To Hell is obviously Sam Raimi trying to return to his roots but this is no Evil Dead 2. It has a lot more in common with the likes of Poltergeist but Raimi's comic strip approach doesn't really sit well with that kind of earnest horror story and because of this it falls between two stools. It takes itself way too seriously to be fun but is too flip in its approach to be taken seriously and the flimsy plot makes it seem more like an extended episode of Creepshow than a feature. It certainly has its moments (I always enjoy a DIY midnight exhumation!) a...

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2/4 

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Daniel Corleone
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12/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Drag Me to Hell review

A child is taken by an unknown force from the ground. Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) gets bothered by a begging Mrs. Ganush to have her loan approved. Ganush curses Christine in a parking lot. Clay Dalton (Justin Long) aids Christine to meet a fortune teller named Rham Jas (Dileep Rao). Christine then hallucinates and spills blood of Mr. Jacks his boss. Rham Jas and Christine visits Shaun San Dena to free the Lamia spirit. The score and background sounds of the film was spectacular and chilling. Ganush biting without her teeth and Christine bumping into her body was funny. So many hilarious and scary scenes rarely present in this genre. A few qualms I have are the few cartoonish effects and ludicrous scenes not related to the story. Drag me to Hell delivers with its skilled dir...

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3/4 

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07/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Drag Me To Hell, Goat Devil!

I rarely enjoy movies as much as I enjoyed this one. I was in the mood for a ridiculous horror film, and ridiculous horror is what I got. This gem is full of gross-out gore and cliche gypsy superstition. There's a scary old lady with gross fingernails, some yellow mucus disease, and a propensity to curse bitchy loan officers. There's a bitchy loan officer who we are maybe supposed to like, but probably not (I was definitely hoping she would get what she deserved). Her boyfriend (Long) provides supposed comic relief, if this was a horror film and not a comedy in itself.

Ladies and gentlemen, we've got a talking, possessed, evil goat who calls the protag a "Whoooooore", a puppet-master Jafar dance, projective nose/mouth blood vomit at work, and a staple gun to the gypsy's fucked up eye. ...

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3/4 

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01/03/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Evil Dead Schmevil Schmed

The Raimi brothers kick ass!

Suspense in horror is a long-forgotten technique that is used brilliantly here. Remember when she is walking to her car, and she hears the cough of the old woman, and then she sees the car parked directly across from her own, and when she goes to start it the old woman's handkerchief floats out, and the camera pans a full 180 tracking the movement of the handkerchief as it floats around the car, and it's not until it is out of sight that we realize the camera has stopped on the old woman in the backseat? Remember that?!?! That was SO awesome!

The whole movie is like that. It is not just atmospheric gore with the occasional scare that will make you jump. This is real edge-of-your-seat suspense with an original story and comedy, great scott, comedy! There ...

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4/4 

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10/19/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Almost as good as the Evil Dead Trilogy.

Just finished watching this and what can I say but WOW.. This movie was amazing. And to get 3 1/2 stars from me is a task! As a huge fan of the Evil Dead trilogy and Sam Raimi, I was obviously very excited about seeing this film! I was not at all disappointed! Part of me was slightly worried when I heard about the film because part of me thought "After all these years doing Spiderman can Raimi pull it off again?" After watching the answer is simply yes. The film blends genuine shocks and scares with an enjoyable plot and Raimi's trademark black humour. You will jump out of your seat and then laugh within the same scene. Lohman's character in the film is also a very likable heroine, a refreshing change to the usual teens thrown in the film JUST to get killed. You felt for her character and...

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3.5/4 

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GeminiSixty6
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06/29/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

One Hell of a Nightmare

From the film’s opening sequence Sam Raimi grabs you and drags you along for a frightening ride. The opening sequence I found to be amazing! Set in 1969 in Pasadena, California, a young Mexican couple rushes to the home of medium Shaun San Dena (Flor de Maria Chahua). Their son had stolen jewelry from a group of Gypsies three days prior, and since then, has been complaining of seeing and hearing things not of this earth. San Dena tries to help the boy in a seance, but she and the boy’s parents can only watch in horror as the boy is thrown from the balcony by an unseen force before being pulled into Hell by demonic hands. Then BOOM, you are shot right into the title and opening credits with a very moving score by Christopher Young.

The film then jumps to present day where we meet Chr...

Rating of
4/4 

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06/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Exciting and Scary! 4 stars!

This movie ended up feeling a little more like a comedy to me but that actually made it even more fun. I should mention that it does have that Sam Raimi feel to it, that sort of whacky, almost "slapstick horror", (which is great) except Drag Me To Hell just feels much more professional. The plot is perfect, and there are plenty of twists and surprises. Don't let the PG13 rating throw you off either, this is still a very scary and shocking movie. Really, I haven't actually jumped in my seat from a horror flick in about 10 years! The acting and the script is also superb. Unlike so many horror flicks I wasn't bored by the simple get-to-know the characters scenes. Sam Raimi already made great movies and it seems he's actually improved his talent. Even if you aren't a fan of the Evil Dead seri...

Rating of
4/4 

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