Movie Review – Drag Me To Hell – True Terror

Drag Me To Hell

Christine Brown is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton. Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks, and get a leg-up on a promotion?

Back to his heydays of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness Sam Raimi has come out with a great modern terror film, yes that right the genre is terror not horror.

It’s cheesy, OTT gore and black comedy moments galore with a tense soundtrack and great cinematography.

I actually had quite low expectations for this film and was pleasantly suprised, it was actually really good! It scores an impressive 7.5 on IMDB.

For some reason I kept thinking the lead was played by Reese Witherspoon, but it’s not of course – it’s Alison Lohman who plays the part terribly.

The show is stolen however by the crazy gypsy lady Sylvia Ganush played by Lorna Raver.

In terms of concept it’s an old fashioned film with misdirection, suprise and suggestion but rather than becoming boring it’s really very enjoyable.

For Raimi fans (especially his early works) this is a must see, and generally a must see for anyone into horror/terror flicks.

One of the better films of 2009 definitely, if you haven’t watched it I suggest you do so immediately!

I give it an eye popping 8/10.




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8 Responses to Movie Review – Drag Me To Hell – True Terror

  1. Mellissa October 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    The trailer didn’t particularly impress me but I heard so many people say it’s good, must watch!

  2. KY October 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    I think it’ll be awesome to see how Suan watches it.

  3. ShaolinTiger October 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Mellissa: Go watch la!

    KY: Hahaha, I watched at home on HD, damn shiok.

  4. Brad F. October 17, 2009 at 4:19 am #

    Just finished watching this. I have to say that some of the effects were way over the top, just like you said, from the sound effects of the woman removing/inserting her dentures at the bank, to her eyes popping out when the anvil fell on her head. Hey… that sounds like a cartoon doesn’t it? Anvil on the head? Makes me think of Wiley Coyote.

    It was nothing special but it was definitely entertaining.

  5. ShaolinTiger October 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Brad F.: That’s how terror is supposed to be, like Evil Dead/Army of Darkness! It’s very black comedy and almost kitsch.

  6. Brad F. October 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    Terror huh? I think I went into this expecting horror, and I was disappointed. When I think of terror I think of Last House on the Left. But maybe that’s more drama and suspense?

    Hoping Paranormal Activity is better. Gonna watch it tonight.

  7. ShaolinTiger October 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    Brad F.: Haha yah you gotta understand the genre, go watch some old Raimi films.

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