Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 supernatural thriller came from director Sam Raimi and was co written by he and Ivan Raimi.
A good pedigree from the word go there! Alison Lohman plays Christine Brown, a loans official at a large bank, successful and well off but is very discontented with her life. She is in direct competition with one of her work colleagues for a higher up position in the bank and to demonstrate her ruthlessness to her manager, refuses an extension on a debt owed by an old woman, which will mean that the woman will loose her home and everything she owns. In revenge, the woman, one Mrs Ganush, curses her. While she is initially sceptical, it turns out that the curse will have a real effect which is that Christine will be dragged to hell in three days time. Hence the title. Christine has to re evaluate what is really important in life as she desperately turns to a psychic and her boyfriend to help her out and rid her of the curse, but will she make it in time?
While this isn’t Raimi’s best film, being nowhere near the same league as Evil Dead, his most famous and lasting work, its good fun, suspenseful and in parts, shocking. It’s full of the established Horror genre clichés but Raimi works them well, nothing is out of place here. The cast are good too, Lohman being a standout for her performance as Christine, initially harsh, but brittle on the inside. She really makes the viewer care about Christine, which makes the ending all the more shocking. I won’t spoil that for you. There are some deeply hilarious moments, such as when a possessed goat starts chatting away during the attempted “exorcism” and when, in full Warner Brothers cartoon style, an anvil falls directly onto a woman’s head. It’s unsure as to whether these moments are actually supposed to be funny but they certainly made me laugh. “Drag Ma To Hell”, despite it’s faults is never less than entertaining though and it’s one you can watch again and again and enjoy for what it is each time, a well crafted piece of schlock from two of the masters of the genre.
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long and Ruth Livier
Release Date: 27 May 2009 (UK)