Saturday, 22 August 2009
Drag Me To Hell
The man who brought us ‘The Evil Dead’ trilogy takes a break from making superhero movies to brings us another slice of laugh out loud/scream out loud comedy horror.
Drag Me to Hell follows loan officer Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) as she tries to gain a promotion over a fellow employee. After being told by her boss to be more ruthless, she refuses a mortgage to a very scary looking old woman Sylvia Ganush (Lorna Raver) which then results in Sylvia placing a curse on poor Christine which involves a spirit that will torture her for three days before dragging her down to hell.
The plot is extremely simple, which in my opinion is good for this sort of film and does have some very good moments. Towards the start of the film when Christine is trying to get into her car we think the woman is going to appear any moment as we can hear her and then just when we think it’s safe, at that moment a handkerchief slowly floats past the car windscreen which calms the audience down. The camera follows the handkerchief all the way around the car until the camera is facing the backseat of the car at which point the old woman slowly leans forward out of the shadows to scare the crap out of the audience. This being one of the generally jumpy bits of the film, most of it will have you laughing like crazy. The moments when they do fight ultimately lead to comic violence such as the old woman being sick on Christine and a nosebleed which sprays like a hose pipe. This film is very reminiscent of the Peter Jackson splatter horror movies and will definitely be remembered as one.
The film does have its moments but overall you find yourself thinking whether the director actually wants to scare you or make you laugh which is a weird place to be caught whilst watching a movie. The lines between horror and comedy become blurred and not in a good way which ultimately leads to confuse the audience. However, with all the moments the film does fall flat there is moments such as seeing a goat get possessed by a spirit which are generally very funny.
Rating – 7.6/10
Final Thoughts - Overall, a nice horror comedy from the used-to-be-king of horror comedy that is worth a watch to anyone who is a fan of this kind of humor that may not be for everyone.