Horror Movie Reviews: Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me To Hell Film Review

Drag me to hell a film directed by Sam Raimi, image copyright 2010.
Drag me to hell a film directed by Sam Raimi, image copyright 2010.

Drag Me To Hell

Drag me to hell is directed by Sam Raimi who we all know directed the original Evil Dead films and this is a return to form in the genre that he started out in, and the story revolves around the central character who gets cursed by an old woman who wouldn't help her, the age old gypsy curse involves the demonic dead devil who claims the souls of those who are cursed after 3 days putting up with some serious case of haunted harassment.

The film starts off with a boy who has apparently been cursed and is then dragged to hell by demonic hands that break out of the floor because his 3 days are up, the whole set up is done well and we see this flashback some 40 years previous just pass by quick, now in the present time we have a woman who works at a bank who deals with loan cases and she is the one who gets cursed later in the film and a good solid chunk of the story deals with trying to break the curse as it quite frankly messes with her life.

There are some nasty surprises along the way not to mention the twist right at the end which I did see coming, but the old grannies vicious attack on the woman she curses is just really creepy, especially when her false teeth fall out and she tries to chew on the woman's face, almost made me baulk!

The terror of coming to the realisation that your days are numbered when you're cursed is played quite well in the film I think and some of the cliches that you would think happen actually didn't materialize so that was a change and a breath of fresh air, although there was some things that was predictable about the film, the ending made up for that with a right royal mix up that would happen to the best of us.

Some of the sounds in this film are reminiscent of Evil Dead with loud bangs and dark forces at work behind the scenes throwing people around so that was a nice touch to the films overall feel and atmosphere throughout and definitely when a man gets possessed and floats in the air and does a dance it really did bring back memories of Evil Dead 2.

The old lady who curses our main character makes a few more appearances throughout the film mainly to torment and provide an extra menace to the devil that wants to claim her soul, the other people in the story all serve the purpose of driving the story forward, like her work colleagues and her boyfriend who believes her in an instant which I think makes it all the more powerful at the end in the stories abrupt climax.

This was a great film and served as a taster for the much anticipated Evil Dead remake that has been planned for awhile now, although I'll have to re-watch it to see if Bruce Campbell made a cameo appearance like he did in all three of the spider man films, must have been a blink and you'll miss it if he was in it.

Drag Me To Hell was a great supernatural shocker of a film.

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waynet 4 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Hahahaha I couldn't take this movie seriously really as it's directed by he who did the evil dead series and that was a funny horror movie trilogy...


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Raevyn14 4 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

I saw this movie with my sister-in-law. When I saw it there were 2 african-american men that were 6'2, big, buff men were screaming like school girls. There was man who almost wet his pants, and a girl ran outta the theater... screaming


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers BKC! I liked the ending too, to have the cursed object returned to her was just a disaster but a great ending to a horror film.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I did enjoy this and it is so rare today that I can find a decent horror film. I was so impressed with the ending and that made all the difference. Thanks for the review!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Nancy! yep this films not for everyones tastes, but I do like my horror films.

And I will look up the blind side, so thanks!!


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

OK, this is one I did watch finally and Hummmm, I give it a 2 star rating...However, I give your article a a triple A rating...Good job reviewing the movie....

Be sure to see "The Blind Side." It's one of the best movies of the year and based on the true story of Michael Ore who plays for the Ravens....


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers I like these types of films and as for the talking goat baaah!


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jellydonut25 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

If you love the Raimi that made Evil Dead, you will LOVE Drag Me to Hell.

My only complaint: the Raimi that did Evil Dead and AoD would have let the talking goat have like 20 minutes of screen time rather than 20 seconds...


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Great review but not my sort of film


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yeah I liked it that's for sure, cheers jycmba, Robert and Healthtip it's movie time in my house of late and I'll be reviewing some more horror films soon.


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robertsloan2 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Definitely sounds like a good one!


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jycmba 6 years ago from Los Angeles CA

Thought this was a great Raimi roller coaster ride! My brother joked that he was glad he didn't waste the money for a rental (he uses Red Box, which charge 99 cents,) but I love the campy humor that's a trademark of the creator of the Evil Dead / Army of Darkness series.

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