Drag Me To Hell: DVD Review
Drag Me To Hell
Released by Roadshow Home
Cast: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver
The words Sam Raimi and horror film are enough to make any cinephile quiver
And so it is with Drag Me To Hell which arrives on DVD - and will make any
night the perfect fright night fun.
Alison Lohman is Christine Brown, a loans officer, desperate for
One day, when told she has to show more leadership and make tough decisions,
she chooses the wrong person to exert her authority on. That person is an old
lady in the form of Mrs. Sylvia Ganush (played by Lorna Raver) - when denied a
loan to stave off eviction and feeling humiliated, Mrs Ganush curses Christine.
The curse means Christine will be Dragged to Hell by a Lamia demon within three
So Christine tries everything in her power to beat the curse and ensure she
Drag Me To Hell is a scintillating return to the genre from the master Sam
Raimi - although it turns out the script was written some 10 years ago after the
end of the Evil Dead trilogy, Raimi's clearly been spending his time working out
how to perfect the spectacle - oh, and doing the 3 Spiderman films as well.
Granted, you pretty much know where some of the shocks and jolts are coming
in this film - but it's the gross out horror humour moments which are the best
for Drag Me To Hell. There's a few of those scattered around the film which are
just, to be blunt, icky and make you squirm in your chair. But what Raimi
manages to do, thanks to an at times deliberately deafening score is drag out
some of the tension in the film and really confound some of your expectations as
to when the shock's coming.
Drag Me To Hell is a restrained horror - it's not based purely on gore, but
seeks to freak you out of your cinema chair when you least expect it - and have
you laughing or groaning in disgust when you know you shouldn't. Lohman's
Christine is a sweet character, so well played by the actress - you really feel
for her as she starts to realise the level of threat she's up against - and
Raimi pulls an excellent performance out of her by making the acting straight up
and never veering into parody. There's scenes which will have you empathising
with Christine and as the wall of sound builds in your living room, you may find
yourself jumping when you least expect it.
On paper the elements of humour, gross out or otherwise, and horror shouldn't
work. But with a master like Sam Raimi behind the camera, Drag Me To Hell
succeeds in spades - it reinvigorates the smart horror genre which has become so
bogged down by the likes of the SAW franchise.
Extras: Production Video Diaries- would have been great to
have had more given how beloved Sam Raimi is.