Monday, August 9, 2010

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Sam Raimi's long-awaited return to Horror finds an aspiring loan officer who must make an immoral decision in order to further her career, putting an old crone out of her home. The gypsy woman puts a curse over her head, summoning the powers of Hell to damn the woman's soul for her misdeeds. DRAG ME TO HELL suffers from a complete lack of identity, where it is unable to decide if it is a Comedy or a straight Horror film. If it were meant as a Comedy, it falls flat on too many occasions and is far too dark to be enjoyed, while at the same time the goofier moments in the plot make it impossible to be taken entirely seriously. Alison Lohman delivers a stale performance that only leaves the audience with the same worried expression of dismay the entire film. Raimi tries to sneak in bits of his own classic slapstick and gore care of his long-time collaborators Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, but these gross-out sequences are cheapened by the cartoony computer FX that give the scenes a hollow and soulless feel. The moralistic plotline is also difficult to accept when the punishment passed on to the lead is completely unfitting of the crime, making it impossible to sympathize with the crazed gypsy being thrust from her home. Simply put, DRAG ME TO HELL is a confused attempt at a Horror Comedy that is rarely funny and never scary.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 6/10.

10 comments:

  1. Disagree,Lohman was fantastic and quite likable and the cgi wasn't bad enough to take away the fun from the film.

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  2. This one has definitely split Horror fans, I thought it was one of the worst(or at least most disappointing) films of 2009. I was hoping this second watch through would have won me over, but I just don't like it at all.

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  3. i saw this once, i did not get it the old woman was not justified to do what she did...and the silly gore.

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  4. I hated the ending. I really wanted that old crone to get hers. Still, while I agree overall with your critique, this flick's not a bad way to blow an evening with friends. And that opening theme is EPIC.

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  5. I agree that this is a divider of horror fans and I can see why. I personally loved the film and liked Lohman quite a bit. Not a classic by Raimi standards, but thoroughly enjoyable for me.

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  6. Aw, I liked this one - it was over the top, but that's what I expected - also, and I might be reaching on this one, but I thought the whole theme of the cursed person working for a back that denies a poor old woman an extension on her mortgage, rather fitting considering today's bleak financial times. Oh, and any movie that throws in a Looney Tunes anvil gag, can't be all bad!

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  7. Carl, I saw this in the theater last summer and liked this one a great deal. Thought that Raimi had a good mix of horror and comedy together. I also got a brief sensation of an Evil Dead-ish tribute during a scene toward the end. And the fight in the car with the old woman was funny as all hell, albeit funny in Raimi's style. In fact, I need to see this one again especially now that it is On Demand.

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  8. Thats where I am always surprised, because I am a huge fan of the Evil Dead series, but I didn't find anything in this film to be funny in the least. The attack scenes were all played way to straight for my tastes, and then the anvil gag just seemed to come out of no where. Had Ash been in the mix with much more of a tongue-in-cheek approach, Im sure I would have liked the film much more, but Alison was so serious the entire time I couldnt find the humor anywhere. Was really hoping that second viewing would have helped!

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  9. I'm still surprised at the negative fan reaction to this movie; I thought it was just fine. No great shakes but a worthy little horror flick. Can't help thinking that the problem is not with the movie but with inflated fan expectation that Sam Raimi's return to the genre would somehow top his EVIL DEAD trilogy. I think he was very wise to start with something more intimate that would give him room to build to the kind of epic horror his fans seem to be demanding of him. And I don't blame him for wanting to do something small after the enormity of the less personal SPIDERMAN trilogy.

    I found leavening humor in this picture but I don't think it is meant to be a comedy. The humor was dry and dark, not the "funny-ha-ha", Three Stooges type Raimi enjoyed in EVIL DEAD 2.

    I'm sorry to say it but I think that Raimi's fans just weren't willing to accept a straight horror film from him.

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  10. I've tried coming back to it after deflating my own expectations, and even after 3 views I am still thoroughly unimpressed with both the comedy and the horror. I'd just prefer to leave it to the fans, myself.

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