Drag Me to Hell Reviews
Christine Brown is a young and determined loan officer on the fast track to success. When she makes a tough decision which results in the eviction of an elderly lady, she finds herself victim to an evil curse, and finds she has only three days to persuade the dark spirit to relent, otherwise she'll be dragged to Hell to be tormented for all eternity.
Pretty simple, basic plot, sure, but Raimi gets quite a bit of mileage out of it, and it really is a nice return of sorts to the darkly comedic tongue-in-cheek, horror schlock he cut his teeth on. He employs every kind of trick imaginable, and the result is a pretty fun and slick supernatural coaster ride. However, even though the film has a nice creepy vibe, it mostly relies on jump scares, shock moments, and gross outs instead of pure outright terror.
Alison Lohman takes the lead, and she really gets put through the ringer here. She is also to be commended for doing her own stunt work as well. She gives a nice, and backing her up are Justin Long as Christine's supportive boyfriend, Dileep Rao as a spiritual advisor who tries to help her, and Lorna Raver as the old woman who unleashes the curse. She's the real breakout her, and makes for a quite creepy and memorable presence.
It's a little tough at first who the audience should sympathize with, but the case is made for each side, and there is some development instead of just being a showcase for effects and directorial flair. It's not really anything more than light fare, but it does have a strong ending, and proves quite entertaining, so give it a shot.
Alison Lohman puts in a fantastic performance as the hapless lead, cursed by an old gypsy woman for refusing to extend her loan with the bank and now damned to be 'dragged to hell' in 3 days time by a force of darkness.
Don't be put off by the billing of Justin Long, hes not in it that much.
The scene from the beginning pretty much summed up the movie for me. Even though the people are speaking spanish, they can at least try to act. They were horrible actors. After the son had just gone to hell, the mom didn't seem too emotionally disturbed. I've seen a lot of movies from spanish speaking countries, and those people were really good actors. Just because you're speaking a different language doesn't give you the right to act badly.
The story line also just seems stupid, in my opinion. In the office, with the old woman being a freaker, and Christine calling security- was actually somewhat amusing. Then in the car and the "grandma fight" OMG please. That was such a stupid scene- a young girl fighting with an old lady, and the old lady was winning. It's called getting in your car and driving away. Don't look around to see if the crazy lady is still there. If it's one thing I hate in movies, it's stupid characters. Characters who make bad decisions are really unlikeable, and I didn't really care whether she went to hell or not. Then in the graveyard, she had another "dramatic" fight with the old woman, and again the old woman was winning even though she had *SPOILER* already died and was in her grave. Christine was also quite a bitch if I do say so myself. She goes off on people throughout the entire movie- Stu, her boss, her cat (whom she murders), the psychic....I think she deserved to *SPOILER* go to Hell. One minute she's so sweet and kind, then the next she's screaming and throwing a temper tantrum over nothing. She has a major personality disorder.
There were also a lot of cheap scares like the handkerchief flying into the windshield, etc. A lot of scares were over used and after a while it got boring. For example, the handkerchief attacked her twice (once at the beginning, once at the end), the old lady had her mouth open and was "biting" the girl probably about 5 times throughout the entire movie. The old lady was practically making out with Christine. It was gross and weird, but after the second time I was so tired of it. It was more annoying than anything. Then you see the old lady's scary face about a bajillion times throughout the movie. That gets old really fast. The lady was indeed creepy for the first half hour of the movie, but after that she was just a nuisance. Then the different fights like I mentioned before with the old woman and Christine. They became very annoying. They had at least 3 fights with each other- none of which were the least bit entertaining.
This movie is also VERY predictable. You know before you even turn the movie on that either Christine or her boyfriend, Clay are going to Hell. It's inevitable. When do scary movies, ever not have a twist? So when the end came and *SPOILER* we found out that Christine made a mistake and didn't give the gift to the old woman, it wasn't much of a surprise.
This movie did not scare me at all. It was more humorous and disgusting than anything. I would not watch this movie again, and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Why? It was unpretentious, laugh out-loud funny, likeable while still giving you a start at every turn. This is the kind of movie that just drops things on your head because it can.
The acting is great as Alison Lohman stretches her wings and Justin Long comes along for the ride (quite likeable).
There were some scenes where I was literally grabbing my sides I was laughing so much and then seconds later thrown backwards due to a fearsome jolt.
There is nothing deep about the plot. There is nothing new about the origins, but the execution was masterful and it was just amazing fun to watch.
Check this out when you have a penchant for horror mixed in with your tongue in cheek.