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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

“Drag Me to Hell” gets off to a decent start, but one fails to see the connection between the intro and the rest of the story. Something about a boy . . . and getting possessed because of stealing something. So after this decent start, we are treated to the standard horror that we get from most modern Hollywood films – another waste of $10+ and two hours of our lives.

In a nutshell, “Drag Me to Hell” is about Christie Brown (Alison Lohman) being put into a position where she has to make a hard choice to get noticed by the boss (get your mind out of the gutter) and ultimately pisses off a gypsy (Lorna Raver) who curses her to be doomed with doomy doomness.

The first thing one notices in the credits: “Drag Me to Hell” is directed by Sam Raimi. After “Spiderman,” you would think he could ditch cheesy horror films, but this isn’t the case. And while it sucks to say, it would almost be better if he did. The movie is well shot, but also uninspired. The shots are typical and the setup for each one is standard, but not in a good way.

The clichéd screenplay by Sam and Ted Raimi is flat and halfhearted. The characters are two obvious types: the sticky sweet victim-all-her-life type and the vengeful bitch gypsy that throws a curse whomever crosses her. The story has an infinitesimal moment where you might just think that those two wasted hours were worth it, but the thought passes quickly (as I’m sure the memory of this film will also).

There are some awkwardly funny-in-a-sad-way lines like, “I’m a vegetarian. I volunteered at the puppy shelter.” and “Did I get it in my mouth?” (context is not what it reads like). The rest of the dialog is standard fare.

The performances by the cast are unimpressive. Alison Lohman is convincing as the sticky sweet girl and oh, how boring she is. One wonders if Lohman has any acting talent besides being cute. Justin Long does what he does – and that’s it. Lorna Raver does a great job as the psycho gypsy – this is considering that they never treat this as a horror film, but as a sometimes horror/sometimes not-mess.

Is “Drag Me to Hell” the worst film of 2009? No. But, considering Raimi was involved, it should be so much more that what we get. Ultimately, the problem with this film is that it isn’t enough of a comedy to be fun and it isn’t enough of a horror film to creep out anyone but a 13-year-old.

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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Credits:

Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written by: Sam Raimi and Ted Raimi
Cast: Alison





Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Que on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 2:20pm

I think there is a new trend to mix horror genre with comedy, from 'Shawn of the dead' people realized it is cruel combination but it could really work so more and more attempts start to surf up.

how about the recent popular 'zombieland'?

Que on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 12:38am

I went to the cinema holding the expectation of seeing a scary film. I burst into laughs when the old woman in the crashed car tried to bite on Christine's face but her fake teeth was bumped out due to the crash and she could only suck hard on her cheek....

and from that moment on I realized that I wasn't going through a scary movie. It was a funny movie and I think they meant to make it that way. I laughed hard in some of the moments. whenever the fortune teller asked for money, include the first time sixty dollars and later 'she will do it for two hundred dollars' I laughed, I think the moment she sitting in the coffee shop at the end of the movie trying to give away the button was very funny, and the goat. oh, what can I say about the goat.

acting wise the whole movie was rather plain and plasticly. Lorna Raver did great part as the old witchy lady but next to that everyone else (except the goat) was just not on. Justin Long, nothing against him personally, I couldn't see anything with depth on this guy, and he just keep getting parts, some high profile parts.

so as horror movie it is ordinary at best but on the comedy part, intentional or not, it is quite popcorn worthy.

JAS on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 1:27pm

"so as horror movie it is ordinary at best but on the comedy part, intentional or not, it is quite popcorn worthy."

I can agree with this, but there are plenty better movies to watch instead.

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