Sunday, July 5, 2009

Drag Me To Hell (2009)


Drag Me To Hell currently has a 93% freshness in Rotten Tomatoes.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie. I just don't see what the big deal is.

Sure, it marks Sam Raimi's return to his Evil Dead roots, after many, many movies not involving true horror in any way (being producer doesn't count). And yeah, the movie's fun to watch, and the ending is good. But based on the reviews in general, I find it overhyped.

DMTH is about Christine, a loan officer who finds herself at the wrong end of a curse when she refuses to grant an extension to an old gypsy lady just to impress her boss for a promotion. Now, she has three days, three days of torment from the Lamia (a goat spirit), before being literally dragged to hell on the very last day.

First of all, I must say that her boyfriend Clay is a seriously, seriously decent guy. Like the too-good-to-be-true kind. I mean, after all her episodes (he doesn't believe her) and his severely-disapproving parents, he's still supportive and tries to help her.

That out of the way, Justin Long looks way too young to be a Professor.

[Men have a tendency to look younger than they really are. It's the opposite for women. I'm so jealous.]

In true Evil Dead style (although not that excessive), Alison Lohman has insects, bile, head guts, the occasional arm and other nasty things thrown at her and/or into her mouth. Though not a often, some bits are VERY cringe-worthy, so steel yourself against said onslaught.

Loved the ending. The beginning of the movie shows us a Spanish kid falling victim to the curse, but doesn't actually show us what happened (shadowplay, really). I guess that's why I found the ending really satisfying.

7/10. Where's Ted RaimiWaldo?

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