After an extended stay atop Hollywood’s go-to blockbuster directors list, Sam Raimi returns to where it all started with Drag Me to Hell… Campy, over-the-top, gross-out Horror!
Christine (Alison Lohman) plays a gal who seemingly has everything going her way. She’s up for promotion at her bank and she’s got the Mac Guy (Justin Long) just about to propose. But when she decides to score some brownie points with her boss by foreclosing on the home of an elderly Gypsy woman she gets a little more than she bargained for… A curse! Over the next three days Christine will be tormented by a demon who after the third day will finally appear and… you guessed it… drag her to hell! Time is ticking for her to figure out some way to lift the curse, get the promotion and impress her boyfriend’s parents.
Working with a modest budget and no recognizable stars (save for Justin Long, whose “Mac Guy” persona Raimi uses for a gag here and there), Raimi, along with longtime collaborator and brother Ivan, shows why he’s such a great director by taking the simplest of yarns and weaving something scary and, most importantly, incredibly fun! And while there is no Bruce Campbell, this film is dripping with the same signature style that made the Evil Dead trilogy so beloved. Go see this now, and see it in the theater. Raimi makes full use of a theater’s surround sound to build up suspense and make you jump out of your seats on numerous occasions, something that may get lost once Drag Me to Hell hits DVD.
Now let’s keep our fingers crossed that Peter Jackson sees this and feels compelled to go back to his roots as well!