Drag Me to Hell (2009) Poster


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The Yellow Delta 88 is the same car used in the Evil Dead films.
Alison Lohman did almost all of her own stunts.
The license plate of Sylvia Ganush's car is 99951. When it is turned upside-down, it reads IS666.
When Sylvia Ganush attacks Christine in her car, Sylvia curses in Hungarian, "Az ördög szálljon beléd!" ("Shall the devil fly into you!") She also uses the Hungarian word "szajha" two times (the word means "bitch" or "whore" in English).
On the way to the cemetery, Christine says "I'm going to get some" which is a reference to Ash's line "Come get some" in The Evil Dead (1981) series.
The script was written after Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi completed Army of Darkness (1992), but Sam pursued other projects before returning to this.
The movie begins with the 1980s Universal logo, which refers to when director Sam Raimi got started in the horror genre with the first two "Evil Dead" movies. After the credits, there is also the title card that says to take a tour of Universal Studios. This was also used in the 1980s in other Universal movies, such as An American Werewolf in London (1981).
When Clay Dalton mentions traveling to his parents' cabin that has trees and is private, this is a direct reference to the cabin used in The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987).
Sam Raimi's friend Bruce Campbell, who appeared in some fashion in every other film Raimi directed, turned down a role because he was busy with his TV show Burn Notice (2007).
In the movie, Shaun San Dena (Adriana Barraza) mentions her late husband Sander, a reference to both Sam Raimi's older sibling, Sander Raimi, who died in a swimming accident at age fifteen while on a trip to Israel, and his oldest nephew, Sander Rubin.
Ellen Page was cast as Christine, but dropped out to star in Whip It (2009).
Milos is apparently San Dena's nephew. He twice addresses her as "tetichko" which means "auntie" in Serbian or Czech.
The Greek letters surrounding the walls of the Great Room (where they hold the séance) are taken from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12. Translated they read: "And they conquered by the blood of the Lamb; wherefore rejoice heavens, woe to earth and sea; for the devil has come down to you having great wrath, knowing his time is short." San Dena paraphrases this passage in Spanish when she drives the demon from Milos. For instance, "Lo venceremos por la sangre del Cordero" means "We will defeat him by the blood of the Lamb".
The Ganush family are Hungarian gypsies. Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi have Hungarian Jews among their ancestors.
In Christine's house is a picture of a boat that resembles Anchor Bay's corporate logo. This company released many special editions of The Evil Dead (1981) trilogy by Sam Raimi.
Dileep Rao came up with the titles for various books that his character Rham Jas has written.
In the grave scene near the end its a different girl playing Cristines character. The camera cuts away from Alison, the original actor, then cuts back to a different girl as she climbs out of the grave.
Lalo Schifrin's "The Exorcist Symphony" was never used (except for one trailer for The Exorcist (1973)), but it is heard in the film when Christine is at the diner close to the end.
Clay (Justin Long) can be seen using various products by Apple Inc. In real life, Long is a spokesperson for Apple's "I'm a Mac" advertising campaign.
Filming began in Tarzana, California in a vacant former bank which stood in for the Wilshire Pacific Bank.
When Sylvia Ganush attacks Christine in her car, Sylvia uses the Hungarian word "szajha" two times. The word means bitch or whore in English. She says it for the first time after her face has been stapled, the second time she says it right after she breaks Christine's car's window with a brick. When Christine first sees Sylvia in her car, Sylvia says in English: "You shamed me." Grabs Christine's hair, pulls her back and tells her this time in Hungarian: "Te szégyentelen", literal translation would be: "You shameless".
A "lamia" is actually a bogey-woman from Greek mythology who stalks the countryside looking for children to devour; it was a story used to get young children into their beds at bedtime.
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A puppet goat was used in the dialogue scenes for the séance sequence.
Sam Raimi named David Paymer's character after his long time friend producer James Jacks.
The sequence with Christine Brown stuck in Mrs. Ganush's grave during the raging thunder storm was filmed at the end of production.
Critics complained that this was a misogynistic backlash type warning to women not to be too ambitious; that women have to stay in the helper/servant type mode, and if they try to get competitive or flex a little corporate strength in the office, the way men do all the time, they will get sent to Hell.
This is Justin Long's second big horror movie after Jeepers Creepers (2001).
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The name of the medium in the film, Rham Jas, is similar to Ram Dass, the name adopted by Harvard psychologist Richard Alpert when he became a new-age spiritual guru.
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.
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Borrows from Curse of the Demon (1957) plot wise, that movie had Dana Andrews in the possession of a cursed object and being pursued by creatures of Hell.
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Very similar to "The Hex" episode of Alice where an angry gypsy customer casts a spell on Alice and the diner.
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Justin Long was 32 while making this film.
When Sylvia Ganush attacked Christine in the parking garage, because of the other cars being struck the local police would have conducted a thorough investigation including violent assault and attempted murder. They would have taped off and made spray paint marks, reviewed and photocopied the bank's surveillance footage and interviewed both Ganush and Christine.
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When Christine Brown went to ask for the gypsy woman's forgiveness and the door was answered by Ilenka Ganush, Ilenka's tone was threatening. The local police would have had the household under investigation for assault and attempted murder, the two additional cars damaged would have been taped off as a crime scene, photographed and possibly checked for fingerprints along with any probable surveillance footage. The situation would have hindered Christine's ability to be at the residence to, and threatened by Ilenka.
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Sam Raimi: The director makes a cameo as a spirit during the exorcism scene.
Ted Raimi: Sam's brother makes an off-screen cameo as a doctor. Their brother Ivan (also the co-screenwriter of this and several other Sam Raimi-directed films) really is a practicing doctor of osteopathic medicine.
Scott Spiegel: Writer of Evil Dead II (1987) Scott Spiegel appears as a mourner at the death feast.
Christopher Young: The composer of the musical score can be briefly seen eating a cupcake outside the bakery Christine looks into on her way to her work at the beginning of the film.

Director Trademark 

Sam Raimi: [Oldsmobile] Raimi's 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, also known as the Classic, appears in the movie as Sylvia Ganush's car.


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As with Carrie (1976) there's a put upon outcast type heroine who is terrorized by villains for the bulk of the story, there's an antagonistic wicked stepmother type character who punishes the heroine, the heroine dies and hell is referenced. And the names of the protagonists are very similar. They're both "C" names with a color as the last name: Carrie White and Christine Brown.
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