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.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
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Alison Lohman ... Christine Brown
Justin Long ... Clay Dalton
Lorna Raver ... Mrs. Ganush
Dileep Rao ... Rham Jas
David Paymer ... Mr. Jacks
Adriana Barraza ... Shaun San Dena
Chelcie Ross ... Leonard Dalton
Reggie Lee ... Stu Rubin
Molly Cheek ... Trudy Dalton
Bojana Novakovic ... Ilenka Ganush
Kevin Foster ... Milos
Alexis Cruz ... Farm Worker
Ruth Livier ... Farm Worker's Wife
Shiloh Selassie Shiloh Selassie ... Farm Worker's Son
Flor de Maria Chahua ... Young Shaun San Dena
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Storyline

Christine Brown is a loan 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 garykmcd

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Even nice people can go to hell. See more »

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Horror

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Milos is apparently San Dena's nephew. He twice addresses her as "tetichko" which means "auntie" in Serbian or Czech. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film Christine wears a ring on her finger which originally is on her ring finger on her right hand and then changes to her middle finger on her left hand. In the final scene, during the closeup of her hand, we can that the ring disappearing and appearing multiple times between frames. See more »

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Clay Dalton: You have such a good heart.
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The 1960's Universal logo is used in the opening credits See more »

Alternate Versions

The unrated director's cut DVD adds four notable extended shots/sequences:
  • 1. The scene where Christine's nose squirts blood is extended, adding a shot of blood pouring out of her mouth. She covers her mouth, causing the fountain of blood to erupt from her nose.
  • 2. The shot of Christine raising the knife above her cat is extended, showing Christine plunging the knife down several times, with some squirting blood.
  • 3. We also see the cat's bloodied body fall into the hole in Christine and Clay's yard, just before Christine begins to shovel dirt upon it.
  • 4. When Christine drops the anvil on Mrs. Ganush, Christine still gets splattered with Mrs. Ganush's eyeballs and brain matter, but now it's blood red colored.
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Soundtracks

Rock Ballad (Unused Theme from The Exorcist)
Written and Performed by Lalo Schifrin
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment
Played in the end credits
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Raimi goes back to the man he used to be.
29 May 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

Sam Raimi hasn't made a bad movie yet, and while Drag Me To Hell has emerged as a case of you hate it or you love it (like Apocalypse Now, Forrest Gump, and Avatar). It turns out to be a fun ride.

Christine Brown is a loan officer in L.A. and is trying to get the position of assistant manager. She decides that in order to impress her boss, she has to be tougher. So when an old gypsy woman comes and asks her for a third extension on mortgage payment, Christine denies her that. Feeling shamed, the old woman puts a curse on Christine, and sends a demon after her. Her life is suddenly in ruins, but with the help of a fortune teller, and his Latin American friends, Christine attempts to rid herself of the demon, before it takes her down to hell.

the ending of the film is more than somewhat controversial, and in fact you could even spend the rest of the day going over it in your mind, trying to figure out what the Raimi bros were thinking. In fact considering what they choose, the entire story is kind of pointlessly staged, but at least it is fun. Raimi takes us on a crazy ride, we the viewers are treated to a handful of shocking and humorous moments, many of which directly resemble, the Evil Dead flicks. You can tell from this that after fifteen years, Raimi is still a master at horror. He has tackled every genre but it is clear now that he is most at home with this genre. I would not say it's lovable, but it doesn't disappoint either.


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USA

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Release Date:

29 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,825,480, 31 May 2009

Gross USA:

$42,100,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,842,646
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