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.
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
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
During the séance, just before the ancillary spirits appear, there is an overhead shot of the table. The white goat is not present in that shot although it was chained to the table at the start of the séance. See more »
[after being sprayed head to toe in blood]
Did I get any in my mouth?
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The 1960's Universal logo is used in the opening credits See more »
"Drag Me to Hell" was Sam Raimi's long-awaited return to the genre that gave him his earliest successes with the "Evil Dead" movies. However, this time, with the blockbuster status of the Spider-Man films behind him, he wasn't constricted by a low budget.
That's not to say that "Drag Me to Hell" is a glossy horror picture lacking in visceral impact. The film looks nice (thanks in no small part to Raimi's talents behind the camera) but it also delivers thrills to spare.
The script has a touch of hokey dialogue but overall it presents a compelling story that doesn't just recycle the usual horror tropes. There are a number of gross-out moments but the PG-13 rating attests to Raimi's decision not to rely on gore for the film's impact. Instead, Raimi masterfully manipulates the audience's emotions with suspenseful storytelling techniques.
All of this being said, I feel that the acting isn't up to the same standard as the rest of the movie. The star, Alison Lohman, just isn't very interesting in my eyes. Justin Long fares a little better while Dileep Rao contributes what is easily the film's most memorable performance. The supporting players are all satisfactory but there's little here that stands out in terms of acting.
Ultimately, "Drag Me to Hell" delivers the goods as far as a horror movie is concerned. I'd even say that it's well worth the time for those who normally don't care much for horror movies. In my opinion, the flick's visual panache and genuine chills place it a few notches above typical modern horror fare.
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