Drag Me to Hell (Review)

Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots with stellar results

Co-written with his brother Ivan, Sam Raimi crafts an enormously enjoyable house of cinematic horrors that is at turns funny, campy, shocking and scary.

The ever-engaging Alison Lohman plays Christine, a bank-loan officer angling for an assistant manager position. Attempting to impress her boss with her ability to make “tough choices,” Christine denies a loan extension to an old Hungarian gypsy named Mrs. Ganush (wonderfully played by Lorna Raver). The decision causes Mrs. Ganush to place a terrible curse on Christine that promises to drag her to hell at the end of three days. With the help of her attentive boyfriend Clay (Justin Long) and a knowledgeable psychic (played by Dileep Rao), Christine tries to get rid of the curse that causes all sorts of terrifying events and bodily harm.

Raimi uses everything in his bag of cinematic tricks to create a fast-paced, Twilight Zone-styled horror movie that continuously goes much further than you might expect. Drag Me to Hell is the most fun I’ve had at the movies in years. It’s destined to be a cult classic for all eternity. Grade: A

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