Movie Review: Drag Me to Hell (2009)

After doing the Spider-Man circuit, director Sam Raimi is back on the horror genre and fans should be happy-- Raimi's Drag Me to Hell looks like an instant horror cult classic.

Drag Me to Hell stars Alison Lohman as Cristine Brown, a bank employee who finds herself tormented by an evil spirit after publicly humiliating a gypsy witch. In the next three days Cristine experiences frightening visions and violent visits from the evil spirit, while trying to maintain her professional life and personal relationships. It is in that context where Raimi finds the nice balance between the scary gore-fest and campy humor.

At some point during the movie, I realized that it was getting a little more over-the-top and scary that I didn't take the film to seriously anymore and just enjoyed the jolts and the scares. I then had a glimpse of what Raimi was trying to do: come up with an old-school horror movie away from the "Ring's" and "Saw's" of the world.

And it looks like Raimi has succeeded: Drag Me to Hell is in the Top 50 rated Horror movies in the Internet Movie Database.

Note: The Philippine version of the movie has far too many cuts and edits. And that really diminishes the Drag Me to Hell experience.

Rating: 4.5/5

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