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Drag Me to Hell

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Cast: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Jessica Lucas, David Paymer, Dileep Rao

Director: Sam Raimi

Rated: R

Review By:
Tom Herrmann

School:
Suny Purchase '11

Quote:
"When life gives you lemons, you clone those lemons and make super-lemons." -Clone High

Release Date: October 13th, 2009
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Overall Grade: B

Drag Me to Hell

Review By: Tom Herrmann
TomHerrmann@TheCinemaSource.com

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Drag Me to Hell

Movie Grade: B-

DVD Features Grade: A

Overall Grade: B

Sam Raimi recently took time away from butchering my hopes and dreams of a live action Venom in the Spider-Man film series to head back to his roots. That's right, the man who brought you the Evil Dead series is back to give us more shockingly awkward laughs. As exciting of a scenario as this may seem, Raimi doesn't give us the same genius we have received in his past films. No one is expected a movie on par with Evil Dead 2 but with this one there is something seriously lacking.

Christine (Alison Lohman) is a worker at a loan office, who is trying to appeal to her boss in order to get a promotion. After her boss lets her know that he needs someone who can make tough decisions, Christine makes the sore mistake of doing her job in denying Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) a third extension on her foreclosure. Appropriately enough, Mrs. Ganush puts a curse on Christine. Now she has to survive three days of demonic torment before inevitably being dragged to hell.

Now that the title makes total sense, it's time to reiterate everything from my theatrical review. It speaks to the film that there is nothing new and exciting that I have discovered in re-watching this one. There is almost always something new to pick up on, or that has a different meaning after not having seen the film after six months. Here I haven't been treated to anything new, but at least it can be said that the films good qualities don't lose their luster, but the bad qualities don't come off as any more polished then before. This is even stranger being that this is the unrated director's cut and not much seems to have been altered. Maybe if the theatrical and unrated versions are watched back to back (both of which are included in this DVD) then differences may appear, but they will be subtle at best.

One difference between the first viewing of the film and this more recent one is the abundance of debate about this movie going on. Abundance of debate might make it sound like there is more discussion going on then there actually is, it is more like abundance of arguments as well as apathy. Reactions for this film ranged from "awful" to "brilliant" resulting in extremely mixed feelings. Even after watching it again, the conclusion seems to be that it falls somewhere dead center of those two descriptions. With moments in the film that are both high and low it is hard to praise or denote the film. Average may be a less than satisfactory feeling towards a Sam Raimi film, being that expectations would lead one to think this would be outstanding.

The Production Diaries is

an inside look into the special effects of the film. Keeping in mind that these effects were more than the usual computer generated images, it was fun watching all the different ways to make sets, sounds and sequences come to life. The creation of the make up for Mrs. Ganush was one that stood out being that it was very minimal, but done in a way that turned Lorna Raver into a monstrous character. The only flaw to this otherwise impeccable feature is that it is hosted by Justin Long. Between segments we are subjected to having his shallow brand of ironic, egotistical humor – nauseating.

In my theatrical review, I said, "The small portion of the public thirsting for another brutal feast of bizarre horror with ridiculously comical scares will get a small snack to hold them over with this one." Unfortunately for Drag Me To Hell the wait wasn't very long since international audiences receive Dead Snow just weeks later, and more centralized Americans were gifted with Zombieland more recently. If the wait had been more elongated then this might have been considered a sufficient meal, rather then the pallet cleanser it has become. Don't worry Sam Raimi, you still have Evil Dead 4 to reclaim your post as horror-comedy master.

Movie Grade: B-

DVD Features Grade: A

Overall Grade: B

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