October Horror Movie Recommendation: Drag Me To Hell
Every day of October, Coming Soon makes a new horror movie recommendation for those wishing to find a scary new movie for Halloween. From the frightening kindness of an elegant ghost story to a blood feast and all, we'll have something for every taste of horror. And today's choice is …
Drag me to Hell
About Drag Me to Hell: Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) works as a loan manager for a typical bank, where she spends most of her time dealing with angry clients, running errands for the boss and competing with an annoying co-worker. for a promotion. The boss doesn't believe Christine has what it takes to make the tough decisions the promotion requires, prompting her to prove her courage by denying an elderly gypsy a third mortgage extension. Annoyed by Christine's decision, the gypsy attacks her in a garage and curses a button on her jacket. Christine soon finds herself at the mercy of an evil demon named Lamia, who torments her for three days and eventually drags her to hell as long as she remains the owner of the cursed object. The film was co-written and directed by Sam Raimi.
Why Drag Me to Hell Rules: After the impressive catastrophe that was Spider-Man 3 (and after being kicked out of the franchise), director Sam Raimi has returned to his roots and created this wonderfully entertaining thriller / dark comedy. As in classic Evil Dead movies, Drag Me To Hell features a great deal of sinister speckled moments of violence (PG-13) (some of which are rendered in CGI), unlike the hijinks normally reserved for Looney Toons. to the point where a curiously placed anvil crushes a woman's head – all filmed through the kinetic movements of Raimi's trademark cameras. Make a deliciously chilling Christopher Young soundtrack, Peter Deming's colorful cinematography, and an absolutely gaming performance by Alison Lohman, and you'll have a thrilling modern horror extravaganza. Only the session sequence is worth the price of the ticket. Raimi Classic.
How Scary Is Drag Me to Hell: Scarier than scary, Drag Me To Hell looks more like an uninterrupted montage of grotesque jokes and dark comedic scenarios than a typical horror movie. Think Evil Dead, just more mainstream and without all the blood. This is not to say that the movie has no horror elements. Stuffed with exaggerated violence – extreme bloody noses, flies on the pie, and sequences of gypsy quarrels – is a frightening and even cynical chilling over a woman of a sweet nature forced to endure the wrath of a violent demon; a situation that causes her to commit unpleasant acts while trying to prevent her soul from eternal damnation. You really care about Christine until the end. This may not scare you, but it gets under the skin and leaves a lasting impression. Plus, it's a lot of fun for the family – as long as your family likes to see someone spew worms on someone else's face. There are no judgments here!
Watch out for some fun references from Evil Dead movies, including Raimi's legendary 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, which first appeared in the 1982 classic and appears here as the Gypsy's favorite ride. Even Christine's phrase, "I'll get some" serves as a reference to Evil Dead's famous "Come get some". Can we please get a sequel with Ash and Christine teaming up to fight Lamia?
CS October Horror Movie Recommendations:
October 1 – Session 9
October 2 – Bubba Ho-Tep
October 3 – City of the Dead
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