Saturday, June 6, 2009

Drag me to Hell

Movie name: Drag me to Hell
Year of release: 2009
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza, Chelcie Ross, Reggie Lee
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

"Drag me to Hell" is the latest effort from Sam Raimi, fresh off his big budget films that were the Spider Man trilogy (so far). This is in a way going back to his roots, since Raimi started his career directing the "Evil Dead" trilogy back in the 80s. "Drag me to Hell" follows the story of Christine, a young bank assistant who is vying for a higher position within the bank. She has competition from a young, ruthless colleague who just joined the bank. Christine is also trying to impress her boyfriend's parents, who vie for a woman of wealth for their son. When an elderly lady comes to the back to ask for a postponement on her mortgage, Christine decides to take a tough decision and denies the application, in hopes that will help in her bid for a higher position. The elderly lady ends up cursing Christine who has to find help in order not to be dragged to hell. The film is surprisingly well done and achieved, since Raimi knows exactly which keys to press. It breathes the spirit of B-movies, unlike the horror that is done these days which relies mostly on gore ("Saw" franchise, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and so forth). Alison Lohman plays a likeable Christine, and embarks on the trip that Raimi creates, one that is populated mostly with shadows and suggestions, presenting scares and frights with humor, as always been his trademark. This is a film well done worth checking out.