Drag Me to Hell (15)

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Posted: Tue May 26 2009

A gross-out fright movie that is, in the director’s own words, ‘more like a funhouse ride than a bloodbath’, ‘Drag Me to Hell’ takes Sam Raimi back to his B-movie roots, fusing the scary intensity of ‘The Evil Dead’ with the cartoonish, slapstick humour of ‘Evil Dead II’. Originally conceived as a short story way back in 1990, ‘Drag Me to Hell’ has had a long and strange gestation, which might explain its repeated references to ‘There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly’.

Inside a mock-gothic pile, all hell breaks loose as female medium Shaun San Dena (Adriana Barraza) struggles to save a young boy from the malevolent force unleashed by a gypsy’s curse. This brilliantly staged prologue seems to herald the Second Coming of Sam Raimi, but the film as a whole never quite lives up to its throat-grabbing opening.

With one eye on the vacant assistant manager’s job, ambitious loans officer Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) refuses to extend the mortgage of an old gypsy lady, Mrs Ganush (Lorna Raver). Christine blames her boss (David Paymer), but the gimlet-eyed crazy lady sees all. Shamed by having to beg on bended knee, Mrs Ganush fixes Christine with her beady peeper and warns: ‘Soon it will be you who comes begging to me.’ The slighted woman’s campaign of terror involves the projectile vomiting of blood, maggots and green slime, a slice of cake with a swivelling eyeball implanted in it and the summoning of a black goat.

A late replacement for ‘Juno’ star Ellen Page, the sparky Lohman  seizes the lead role with both hands and confidently makes it her own. As does the aptly named Raver, whose vengeance starts with cackling laughter, then spirals upwards into imaginative spitefulness. The flashy pyrotechnics make up for a plot that is riddled with holes, and there is a wickedly funny gag about the possibility of ameliorative kitten-sacrifice. But the crude ‘eye for an eye’ morality recalls an average EC Comics story, and you don’t need a crystal ball to predict the wicked twist in the tale.
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15

UK release:

Fri May 29, 2009

Duration:

99 mins

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natalie

We rented this out to watch a scary film, and what we found scary was the bad acting, and the fact it was amusing. What sort of demon irish dances??

Ryan

I will admit this movie did make me jump occasionally. But as it was described as the "scariest movie of the decade" of course I was disappointed when I watched 95 minutes of poor humour and a one eyed pensioner jumping out at you. In my opinion it was almost as bad as the Child's Play series. I loved the idea of the movie, but this was just wasted potential. I rate this movie one star as even though it was very boring and poor, I did enjoy the fight scene in the car park.

Dear God

I didn't realise TImeout readers had turned into a bunch of illiterate fools. "It waz gud coz i tipe BIG Letters" Anyway not a bad film. If you like a bit of fun and you like Horror and not snuff films like Saw etc then you'll probably like this.

Sam

This film is a jumpy one, and the only good scene is the talking goat... it was THE worst movie I've seen, a complete waste of money, I'll give it 2 stars for atleast trying...

critique

Refreshingly entertaining "jump"-fest which has its tongue firmly lodged in its unpretentious cheek. Highly recommended.

Nicola

I Thought This Movie Was Rubbish. It Wasnt Scary What So Ever Maybe If You Think Jumpy Movies Are Scary Then You Like It But Thats All It Was Jump After Jump It Got Pretty Boring. And The Storyline Was Pretty Pradictable.

DV

Entertaining, pretty tense and gross. I like a horror film to make me laugh in revulsion. Mission accomplished.

Chris

This was a fun film to watch, good music and had a good B-Movie quality to it.. Funny more than scary, i liked it.

Jodie Horton

It has been ages since I have seen a film that really freaked me out and made me jump - after seeing this I can safely say that it did!! It was extremely freaky and disturbing (in a good way!!) and a bit sick and twisted (also in a good way!!) There were bits that were predictable, but who cares! It was a good film and kept you on the edge of your seat! I was a little disappointed with the end (sue to it being so predictable) but really the film shouldn't have ended any other way! I would definately go to see this film if you want to be serioulsy freaked out!! Absolutely brilliant! I will never look at a goat the same way again! lol x

Matt

You just cannot open a half-serious horror film with a boy being dragged down to Hell in the first five minutes. What were they thinking? This and the style of the opening credits left me wondering for the next quarter of an hour whether this film was going to be a comedy, but hilarity frankly never materialised. There might have been one or two laughs but in essence this is not a funny film. There was the occasional moment of fright and horror, but generally it was more of a slime-fest of yucky maggot-spewing and things in that vein. A limited dose of real horror, an extremely limited dose of comedy, an unambitious dose of more general drama and character exploration - all in all, it really leaves you wondering what the point of this film is supposed to be. The acting was perfectly reasonable, and most of the dialogue was plausible although at least one of the characters' parts (Stu's) is inconsistently scripted for no particular reason (Stu:- strong/weak) and possibly Shaun San Dena's as well (payment v. personal quest - or was the payment 3rd party fraud?). The [absence of any] reaction among the mourners to what happens at the wake lacks all credibility and anyway what happens there is just ludicrous. Some of the special effects were good, but others (especially involving a particular animal) looked like something out of the 1980s and detracted from rather than adding to the film. The film does have redeeming moments, especially towards the end, and the ending itself is effective, though it is certainly not the one that I would have chosen and the twist is certainly predictable in the sense that I was wondering well in advance whether it was going to materialise. The lead actress is very pretty and her character is, despite her faults, endearing. If you are an immature teenage boy barely old enough to view this film legally, you may enjoy the element of yuck. If not - well, it's touch and go whether I'd recommend watching it for free, but as paid-for entertainment, I'm sorry, there has to be something better. Really, they could have done something much better with this.

stephen hodges

well this film will make you jump about every minute and is quite funny also in parts, as for the acting i just wish what happens at the end would happen alot sooner.

oldbrit

I don't usually go to horror films - they scare me. This one is certainly full of scary "casting the runes" moments yet funny as well. Worth seeing.

Lamesee&amp;Jess&lt;3

This Film is thee best ever, and for all of you who say the film is crap, just be quiet because its not. This film makes u jump all the time and even adds humurr:) We lovedd it and we are going to see it again

Lamesee&amp;Jess&lt;3

This Film is thee best ever, and for all of you who say the film is crap, just be quiet because its not. This film makes u jump all the time and even adds humurr:) We lovedd it and we are going to see it again

Michael H

I have to say i loved it! It is probably the most jumpy movie i have seen since the grudge it is a generally scary film , but it also has a bit of humour aswell, yeah sure the ending wasn't the best but i think it made for an excellent film. After this film though YOU WILL BE SCARED OF GOATS. 5 Stars

Michael H

I have to say i loved it! It is probably the most jumpy movie i have seen since the grudge it is a generally scary film , but it also has a bit of humour aswell, yeah sure the ending wasn't the best but i think it made for an excellent film. After this film though YOU WILL BE SCARED OF GOATS. 5 Stars

Danny

Drag Me To Hell is one of the scariest and funnyest films iv seen in ages!

Danny

Drag Me To Hell is one of the scariest and funnyest films iv seen in ages!

ToxieDogg

A great, rollercoaster ride of a horror comedy. Sure, the ending is predictable from around halfway in, but the movie works so well on every level that you won't really care....the performances are top notch, the tension is high, and there are tons of homages to Evil Dead to keep Raimi fans happy....even the Oldsmobile is in there. Go see.

Russell

Good old fashioned shlocky horror with its tongue in its cheek and screenfulls of gore. Its alternately jumpy and comic with some total gross out set pieces. It's a good film although everyone in the cast plays it totally straight which makes em seem a bit wooden but I'd guess that this was intentional. Go watch just don't go expecting to get too scared.

Bobarus

Ive been to see this film twice (partly because I have a cineworld card and partly coz it was too warm outside). I found the movie very funny and extremely typical of Raimi. It is very loud throughout which adds to the effect. Not to be taken seriously, (the actors are awful) it has a good few funnies and jumpies

samlo

pretty crap film, yeah its abit gorey and stuff..makes you jump a few times but it was very predictable and a really terrible ending

usman khawaja

casual curse in a crunch crisis i am an unabashed avid fan of sam Raimi's low budget gore trilogy called Evil Dead and after weaving three mushy spider webs this innovative story teller is back with a rather macabre but provoking tale of a modern day curse . Christine[lohan ] is a rather callous young loan officer from a Los Angeles bank who evicts a hapless old woman in a tyrannical turn from her house with tragic results and receives a supernatural curse from the dead woman where she has three days to save her soul or be despatched to hell . Raimi has orchestrated the ensuing mayhem as only he can in an audio-visual feast rendered as a masterwork with vibrant editing and superb angular camera work and sound effects that will leave you mesmerized acoustically . this is dynamic humorous horror that shocks ,disturbs and entertains and most vitally has a morality imbued in it's message of doom . the satire on the banks and their lending practices is relevant to the crunch time but it is also given a new leash of life with trivial touches where dancing ghosts turn into fireballs and a common house fly scares the wits out of your consciousness . he can scare you when you least expect it and old croons emerge in the most unpredictable predicaments possible with shocking effects . nothing or no one is spared from kittens to elegant dinner table banquets and cars become a metaphor of gloom and destruction in the most tongue in cheek horror in years to hit the screen . it is not Evil dead but a rather contemporary tale of Immorality embedded in a tale of macabre mortality and it works physically and psychologically too . a refreshing exorcism performed in a scary seance by a clever and innovative cinematic medium called RAIMI .

Jay

Me and my girlfriend saw this last night it was quite an awsum film but it kinda ruined it with the slapstick jokes it had its jumpy moments which was quite cool its a good film and id reccomend it :)

Jay

Me and my girlfriend saw this last night it was quite an awsum film but it kinda ruined it with the slapstick jokes it had its jumpy moments which was quite cool its a good film and id reccomend it :)

Kyle

I am going to see this film tomorrow nd it looks fairly good but by the comments you over people have put I am starting to have second thoughts, nevertheless I shall still go and see it and have a jolly good time! By the way I dont really speak or write like this I just wanted to do it for something to do. DO YOU LIKE FISHSTICKS? WELL, WHAT ARE YOU, A GAY FISH!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Kyle

I am going to see this film tomorrow nd it looks fairly good but by the comments you over people have put I am starting to have second thoughts, nevertheless I shall still go and see it and have a jolly good time! By the way I dont really speak or write like this I just wanted to do it for something to do. DO YOU LIKE FISHSTICKS? WELL, WHAT ARE YOU, A GAY FISH!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

eman

I didnt think it was as bad as the person below but it's true- wierd or differnt or funny stuff doesnt make a good HORROR film. people in my cinema (showcase beckton) were laughing thruout the whole film but not a single scream. i thought it was hilarious at times and i think that it deserves a decent rating because it was quite entertaining. but not that scary really EMAN

Kamal

I've written a little (read: a lot!) more on the film in the comments section of the related article to this film, entitled 'What the Hell Happened to Horror? (see above right). This is the condensed version: Poor acting, which is made all the more worse because of the slightly higher standard of actors in the film than one would expect. The direction was a deftly achieved throwback to older American horror films, but NOT scary. I couldn't engage with the more absurd elements of the plot and I really didn't care for the characters. The disappointment with this film was largely due to nostalgic critics hailing this as the "best horror in decades" and I felt that it really wasn't. I'm sure fans of The Shining, The Thing, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 28 Days Later, Descent, etc will have a serious problem accepting that this fairly entertaining, not-very-scary (aside from of course the stuff in all of our nightmares - loud noises!) and very oddball film. It is absolutely a refreshing change from the torture porn films but that doesn't make it a good change.

Laura

I NEED TO KNOW IF THIS MOVIE IS GOOD OR NOT! AND PEOPLE'S DON'T STEEL ALL THE SEATS! Thank You x

Laura

I NEED TO KNOW IF THIS MOVIE IS GOOD OR NOT! AND PEOPLE'S DON'T STEEL ALL THE SEATS! Thank You x