A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt. Written by
The drag me to hell idea actually comes from a couple of different folklore stories:. The furies, or eurynes were figures of vegence in Greek mythology. When summoned by people who were wronged or victimized in some way they would wreak vengeance on the wrongdoer for a period of time until they killed themselves; and then torture and terrorize them in the Underworld. The drag me to hell idea also comes from the Krampus; a figure in Northwest European countries that accompanied Santa Claus in the Christmastime traditions. Where Santa would reward the good children with gifts, the Krampus would drag the wicked children right to hell, even before they died. Both of these helped inform the vengeful "Lamia" character in the movie. See more »
When Christine suffers her nosebleed in the bank, the spray of blood covers a large part of Mr. Jacks' face. A moment later as he's asking if any got in his mouth, his face is almost completely free of blood spatter. As the camera switches back to him for a third time, his face is once again nearly covered in blood. See more »
It took Sam Raimi to bring fun back to the horror genre, and I'm so glad he did. In a sea of 'torture porn' and 'found footage' garbage, this is a rare jewel that makes you realize what you've been missing as a horror fan.
If you're into Sam's other works, you will greatly enjoy this film as it hits all the right notes and contains many of his trademark moments and nods to his early films. It's light on the blood and guts compared to the Evil Dead trilogy, but I didn't miss it all that much because I was having too much fun with everything else.
If you don't get black comedy, perhaps this film will confuse or disappoint you or come off as 'cheesy', but this is classic Raimi style and I love it. It's good to see many practical effects back in action and his camera work is as great as ever.
I like horror films to be fun and this certainly fits the bill.
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