Movie of the Day – Drag Me to Hell

Ah Sam Raimi.  It’s so good to see that he went back to his horror and campy comedy roots with Drag Me To Hell.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I liked the first two Spider-Man movies along with his other, non-horror film endeavors, but sometimes you got to go back to what made you the breakout director you are.  It is no secret that I am not much of a horror fan.  There are very few instances when I will give horror movies their due, which is not to say that they aren’t deserving, it is just that I am not much of a horror film fan.  So don’t hold that against me if you are big into the genre, it’s just not my thing.

So getting my mea culpa’s out of the way in offending horror movie fans and not liking their genre, I want to talk about a movie that is both utterly terrifying (awesome effects and scares) and campy as well (dark hearted black comedy).  Only Raimi can combine elements of his Evil Dead days into a more modern scare fest.  And if I am choosing it as a movie of the day post, then you can be sure it is worth your time to check out.

We open the movie with a seance scene, with a family and their young boy are trying to bring out the monsters that the boy sees.  Something goes wrong and the young boy is taken to hell.  We jump to present day California and a young woman named, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) works as a loan officer at a bank and she was recently promoted over a co-worker and friend.  The bank manager asks her to make tough decision in her job and show that she can handle rejecting people for loans when they aren’t qualified.  Her first client is an elderly, gypsy woman named Sylvia Ganush (Lorna Raver) who wants an extension on a loan to pay for her house.  Christine denies the loan and Sylvia leaves detested.  On her way to her car, Christine is attacked by the old woman and she places a curse on her.  The curse, she will be haunted by spirits for three days before being dragged down into hell.

So there is a bit of camp already with the plot of the movie revolving around a gypsy woman not getting a loan extension.  First thing to take away from this, don’t deny old gypsy woman things they want.  It also follows the convenient story of the one person able to lift the curse has died only a day later.  The movie is both campy and frightening as Raimi uses standard horror tropes and a lot of sudden jump scenes to get the viewers in the mood for the ride he is taking us on.  If you have never seen any of his Evil Dead series, you might not appreciate some of the scare techniques he uses and the style that he shoots his movies in.

The best thing about this movie is the visuals.  The make-up, effects and computer visuals are amazing and makes thrill ride all the better.  Everything about the visual aspect of movie is unnerving and just seems so real.  It is interesting to see such effective visuals and mixing it with comedy aspects.  The visuals, while impressive, are also campy to a certain degree.  It looks like he modeled some of the demons off of his Evil Dead days and that was a nice shot of nostalgia for me.

I wouldn’t dismiss this movie as another throw away horror movie.  Raimi is brilliant when to comes to weaving in horror and comedy, but also adding in his little touches and flair.  If you loved his Evil Dead series, you are going to love this movie.  If you are a horror fan, this is probably one of the better horror movies to come out that doesn’t use cheap scares and overt gore for shock value.  You get a well paced, tense film and the scares come at every turn.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

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