Thursday, July 5, 2012

Eric's Horror Alphabet:D is for "Drag Me To Hell" (2009)

By Eric Polk-
The letter 'd' at the start of a horror movie title.  An infamous letter. I have seen soooooo much horror crap involving the letter 'd' at the start of the title...Don't Go in the Basement, Don't Look in the Attic, remake of Day of the Dead. Not that the letter 'd' is a bad thing, original Dawn of the Dead, original Day of the Dead for example. But for horror director legend Sam Raimi, the letter 'd' just doesn't work for him.

I mean really? You directed undoubtedly one of the greatest horror trilogies of all-time. You brought the Spider-Man franchise to the big screen. You made Bruce Campbell into a cult icon. And yet, you did this?

Ok, the premise is certainly good and timely. A  loan officer Christine Brown , who tries to impress her boss by refusing to extend a loan to a gypsy woman by the name of Mrs. Ganush. In retaliation, Ganush places a curse on Christine that, after three days of escalating torment, will plunge her into the depths of Hell to burn for eternity.

So where do I begin. Where is the pure emotion in this? Remember the first scene? Medium tries to rescue a boy? Boy falls off staircase and apparently gets up almost fresh as a daisy? The initial clash between  Christine and Mrs. Ganush? It may work in The Evil Dead but c'mon, you had a higher budget as evidenced by all the ridiculous CGI plastering this film.

Don't get me wrong, there are some decent scenes. The fly for example. Buy not even that little pest could save this crap from itself. And two more things that really made me want to send this dvd back to Neflix ripped in half. The kitty death and the ending. The former because of the way it was handled, the latter because it was extremely ridiculous.

                                       (Sorry Little Guy, I know that movie was torturous)
No matter how bad this film is, let's not completely trash the legacy of Sam Raimi. Instead, let's just try to ignore that mold spot known as Drag Me to Hell  to nests itself on the picture of a legend.

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