June 4, 2009

DVD Review: Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Sam Raimi makes his return to the genre that started his career, and does it proud...

Cast Members of Note- Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, and David Paymer. Directed by Sam Raimi.

A cute little button of a bank loan officer (Alison Lohman) finds out that sleeping her way into a the next hot promotion doesn't work so well for her, so she instead decides that kicking old gypsy women out of their homes will do the trick; unfortunately for her, she failed to realize that old gypsy women love to place curses on people.

Buttons... Oh yeah, she's the chick from The Pussycat Dolls. The hot one.
For three days, an ancient Demon called the Lamia will terrorize the object of the curse, on the third day essentially taking them to Hell to suffer horribly for eternity. It's sort of like dating Lindsay Lohan; except with Lindsay, she does cocaine for three days straight and gives the men she sleeps with a "curse" of her own... the kinds which actually lasts for eternity too, even with the use of cremes and antibiotics. It's an itchy, burning, it-hurts-when-you-pee kind of Hell.

Lindsay Lamia.
So Alison Lohman has three days to figure out how to stop the Lamia from taking her to Hell, and she tries everything; sacrifices, seances, she hides in her closet... she even arms herself with a butcher knife as if that would work... Will her boyfriend ever believe her? Will her adorable little kitten survive? Will she get dragged to hell? I won't spoil what comes next for you here (because why ruin a fun movie) but suffice it to say holy shit, what a hell of an ending...

I know, me too!
What a great slice of classic Horror goodness! Raimi hasn't made a Horror movie since 1992's Army of Darkness (unless you count 2000's The Gift, which wasn't really a "true" Horror flick to me), and it's good to see that his long genre absence hasn't slowed him down one bit. I'm not a big fan of his Spiderman flicks at all, especially the abomination that was Spiderman 3, but despite my feelings on that, Sam Raimi is one hell of a filmmaker. He just knows how to "do it" perfectly.

This movie definitely reminds me of campy 80's Horror; It's fairly linear, over the top, a bit tongue-in-cheek, creepy, gross, tension filled, and we know exactly where it's going and we can't wait to get there with it... or rather for the movie to take us there. Aside from "the fire dance" and one obvious plot twist (you'll see it coming from miles away), this movie made me smile the whole way through.

The comedic parts were classic Raimi camp ala Evil Dead; I especially love the "I had a cat" bit. I laughed out loud at the look on Alison Lohman's face. Fucking brilliant.

Hot and wet.
Here kitty, kitty...

Bite her and run!
I've never been a fan of the old "Weird shit is happening all around me but no one believes me!" types of plot devices; you know the ones, where everyone thinks the person is bat-shit crazy even though weird shit is actually happening all around them? It's always just very frustrating to watch.

"I don't believe you."
A killer nosebleed, flies in body cavities, mouth on mouth gumming, mouth to mouth vomiting, eyeballs in cake, kitten murder, and all sorts of demon inspired goodness... most of it is of the PG-13 variety, but it works well. Unrated DVD anyone?

She is hot in an unrated sort of way.
No such luck. At least we've gotten to see Alison Lohman in the nude and acting saucy before...

...and here we see Alison Lohman attempting to get into Alice's Wonderland.
"You shamed me" or "I beat you, you bitch!"

Don't ever cross a gypsy. Also, envelopes kill.

Drag Me To Hell has a few things about it that were obvious and almost cheesy, but that's the point though; Raimi wanted to make an good old fashioned, familiar formula horror movie, and he succeeded. This is plain old balls-out fun, creepy, messy, funny Horror goodness, and it shouldn't be missed.


Drag Me to Hell is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.


She's so sassy.


  1. Great write up....Dying to see this... I love Raimi

  2. I'm glad you liked it since you were looking forward to it so much. Barrels o' fun!

  3. i just finished this movie and i over all loved it except the very end was questionable
    definitely an A+

  4. Good review

    I enjoyed watching this movie. It's not Raimi at his best, but it's a nicely done, well-paced, slick, 'little' horror film to give you a few scares.

  5. Yeah, um... Over. The. Top. Maybe it was the opium, but I watched this movie like an unafraid child sledding down a snowy hill. There was anticipation in the beginning, the middle was a coast, and I knew how it was going to end before it really got started.
    Well made; nothing to bark or chew the bone about...

  6. This was honestly one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Complete waste of time.