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Feature 8.5
Video 8.0
Audio 8.5
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.5
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: MA15+
Minutes:
Reviewer: Jamie Kirk

8.5


Drag me to Hell

After sending the better part of a decade building, strengthening, and then sort of weakening the Spider-man franchise (peter parker dancing with a KD Lang fringe? No thanks), cult horror auteur Sam Raimi returned to his roots with Drag Me to Hell. Raimiís status as a horror master stems from the critically lauded Evil Dead Trilogy, so many fans held out high hopes for this movie. Fortunately Drag Me to Hell doesnít disappoint, and delivers all the gore, thrills and also plenty of dark humour.

The plot concerns loan officer Christine Brown (Allison Lohman), who is gunning for an assistant managerís position but is thwarted by her inability to make the tough decisions. In an attempt to impress her boss, Christine denies a mortgage extension to an elderly gypsy woman. The gypsy doesnít take too kindly to this, and amid claims of being humiliated, swears revenge. A curse is placed on Christine, which involves three days of torment, before being dragged to hell to suffer for all eternity.

Drag Me to Hell has all the necessary ingredients that make a Sam Raimi film, and all the necessary ingredients that make a good horror film. Special effects are used sparingly, Raimi instead crafts his suspense with shadows and silence. When effects are used, they are usually more for laughs than scares, such as a goat possessed by the demon Lamia, and a dream sequence which involves eyes popping out of heads in a Looney Tunes manner. For the easily squeamish, Drag Me to Hell also includes the requisite amount of bodily fluids found in a Raimi movie. Some are hilarious, such as when Christine finds herself spraying blood through the nose on a stunned co worker. Others tend to veer a little more to the disgusting, such as the excessive vomit scene with the gypsy and Christine.  Despite this, Drag Me to Hell is a success on almost all levels. The premise is interesting, the acting is solid, there are plenty of funny moments and perhaps most importantly, the film is creepy, startling and scary when it needs to be.

Drag Me to Hell comes as a 2 disc set, the first disc containing the movie (sadly no commentary), and the second disc containing the special features. There are a rather large selection of featurettes, which shows various aspects of the films production. The shorts are hosted by Justin Long, who moves the viewer from one short to the next with some humorous asides, especially during his own profile.. The diaries are fairly amusing and informative, such as the one which demonstrates how they rigged the blood to spew from Alison Lohmanís nose, or the one which focuses on the goat.

Call it a return to form, call it funny, call it scary, call it whatever you want. Drag Me to Hell is a great horror film, doing something different to the majority of the genres films today. It doesnít rely on long, gruesome depictions of torture and also manages to entertain on a number of levels. Drag Me to Hell provides laughs and scares, and shows that after all these years, Raimi still knows how to make a damn entertaining horror movie.






 
 



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