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Drag Me To Hell

by on Dec.28, 2009, under Daily Review

It’s strange, as I was expecting this to be good, but I wasn’t expecting it to be ‘that good’. After all, it is Sam Raimi, back to basics, back to what he does best: slap stick horror. There are loads of smacks to the face, sick in the mouth, pokes in the eye dragkinda things which always raise an emotion. Camera panning from room to room, swinging all over the place as a ghostly spirit haunts Christine (Alison Lohman) after being cursed by an old gypsy woman, Mrs Ganush (Lorna Raver who is terrifyingly amazing).

There are loads of great moments in this film, loads of ‘scares’ that make you jump and gore which is cartoon in style and childlike in execution. Only Raimi has the power to create a film with such a great yet simple plot which has shocking grizzly gore and some beautiful, magical moments with possessions and characters floating in the air. Saying that, it’s all been done before by Raimi. Watching this has the very same effect as watching The Evil Dead (Raimi’s first horror outing, 30 years ago) but it’s great. I could watch any Raimi, over and over. This has all the same gags, the same shifting camera and unnerving atmosphere but with a bigger budget and a real nice glossy look. Delightful. Impressive still is his dedication to horror, reinforced with a stunning last scene of the film, which also tips it’s hat to Jacques Tourneur’s ‘Night of the Demon.’

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