I’m going back and forth on this one. On the one hand, I like it, on the other, it just seems too damn slick for a Raimi horror flick. When I hear of Raimi’s triumphant return to horror, I expect gritty, grimy violence. Don’t get me me wrong, DRAG ME TO HELL was a fucking rollercoaster ride of fun with definite Raimi-esque quality, but it just didn’t strike me how his past foray’s into horror have done.
Oh, yeah, shit, a synopsis for those of you who have been lazy fucks and haven’t gone to see the damn thing (stolen, obviously, because I’m lazy):
The film follows a loan officer (Alison Lohman) who is ordered to evict an old woman from her home and finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse that turns her life into a living hell. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
(Thanks to Bloody Disgusting who, in turn, stole it from IMDB)
A rathre brief synopsis, for sure, and one that doesn’t truly encapsulate the feeling of the film. Rather dry, I’d say.
The film is definitely Raimi’s return to form, with the odd dutch angles, strange camera work, fantastic use of sound and imagery as only a master can do. The flick is a fucking roller coaster ride. Reminds me of something I read in Bruce Campbell’s autobiography “once the action/violence starts, NEVER EVER let up” and this flick delivers in spades.
The story was both simple and relatively refreshing given the glutton of absolute shit being pumped outtta the ‘ol Hollywood orifice these days and it was quite a welcomed relief. I don’t believe I’ve had such fun at a horor flick in ages.
There were of course some issues. Justin Long (the boyfriend) for example. Who dug the mac guy up. Motherfucker even says he hates CCR in the newest Die Hard movie. Fuck him with a razorwire baseball bat to the ass for all I care. I’ve seen soggy cardboard act better. A shame because I kind of liked him in Jeepers Creepers. Lohman did a fantastic job, finding a place between fear and downright ass-kicker a’la Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead flicks.
While not a perfect movie, it is incredibly enjoyable and a recommend for all of you horror fiends looking for something new to bring to the table. Watch this fucker TODAY!
Because of certain flaws and some stiff acting, DRAG ME TO HELL will be receiving the coveted 3 out of 5 skulls. Good job, Sam…I expect more from your future efforts. Fuck SpiderMan!