Review: Drag Me To Hell

Horror is not my favorite genre. I’ve seen movies like The Exorcist and The Omen, but I’m not a fan. I do understand why they are respected but I’m very queasy. Sure, there are some I like, but those are the ones without much gore or irrelevant sexual content and have some deeper meaning. I also like horror comedies, and this movie is definitely one I enjoy.

Alison Lohman stars as Christine Brown, a loan officer that has everything going for her. She has a great boyfriend (Justin Long) and is in the running to get a promotion at her job. However, one day an old woman comes into her job asking for an extension on her mortgage payment. To show she has what it takes to get the promotion, she turns down the old woman. What Christine did not know was that the woman was a gypsy. She then goes on to put a curse on her. Now, she has three days to find how to get rid of the curse before her soul gets taken to hell.
Drag Me To Hell is the best horror movie of the decade after Frank Darabont’s The Mist. It has a good story, it is actually scary, and it is laugh-out-loud funny. This could not have been possible without the direction of Sam Raimi. I have not seen his Evil Dead trilogy, but he is some sort of horror legend due to these movies. This shows in this movie. He never plays a false note and plays with the audience’s emotions and doesn’t give in to the typical Hollywood horror formula. He made a near-perfect horror movie without reducing himself to making a torture porn movie, which is sadly what passes for horror these days.
The rest of the pieces are also quite good. Lohman is mostly good, although her line delivery was not always great. I wonder what Ellen Page would have done with the role if she had not dropped out to make Drew Barrymore’s Whip It! Justin Long is good as the boyfriend. The only performances that I did not like was Adriana Barraza’s. When she was talking it was as if she was reading directly from the scritpt and sometimes she went over the top. The special effects are not very good but they add to the cheese factor. The score is creepy and sometimes fun to listen to. It is just an all-around well made and fun movie.
Sadly, the audience I watched it with did not react positively towards the movie. I suppose they were expecting a straight horror movie with lots of blood. While movies like The Haunting in Connecticut may make a lot of money, it is movies like these that will truly stand the test of time.

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