Movie Review: Drag Me To Hell (2009)

June 5, 2009 in Movie Reviews by pacejmiller

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Drag Me To Hell - that’s what my 2 weeks of exams did to me.

But today, finally, at last, my goodness, it was all over!

Oh yeah.

Apart from a much-needed, long-overdue haircut, the first I did was to go watch Drag Me To Hell (as Terminator Salvation was on too late), the supposedly freaky horror film written and directed by Spider-Man’s Sam Raimi.

So, was it any good?  Well, I think it depends on two things.

First, whether you’ve seen Raimi’s old Evil Dead films (which I am a big fan of).  If you haven’t and are used to the same old formulaic horror films being churned out the last few years, then you might not ‘get’ this movie.  It’s got a fair share of boo moments, ultra-sickening scenes, mixed in with the same unique comedic-style that will make your stomach churn.  It’s scary, silly, campy, and it may make you go ‘WTF?’ more than once, but it’s not pretentious and knows exactly what it’s doing.

Second, it depends on the mood you’re in.  If you’re up for a scare then it will scare you.  If you go in thinking that it’s going to be stupid, you’ll probably think it is.

There are no big complaints from me, even though I guessed the ending a fair while in advance.  The cast is solid.  Alison Lohman does a decent job in the lead, but she’s no Ash from The Evil Dead series.  Justin Long continues to prove that he is one of the most underappreciated actors in Hollywood, and Lorna Raver is outstanding as the horrifying Mrs Ganush.

So, I enjoyed it, though I wouldn’t call it mindblowing.  I guess you could say it’s a throwback to the classic horror films of the 80s.  I hope they make more of them.

3 out of 5 stars