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Drag Me to Hell (2009)


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 239
Fresh: 220
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 844,432


Movie Info

Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs the wrath of a malevolent gypsy by refusing to grant her an extension on her home loan. Determined to impress her boss and get a much-needed promotion at work, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) lays down the law when mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) literally comes begging for mercy at her feet. In retaliation for being publicly shamed, Mrs. Ganush places the dreaded … More

PG-13 (for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Sam Raimi , Ivan Raimi
In Theaters:
Oct 13, 2009
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Drag Me to Hell

All Critics (239) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (220) | Rotten (19) | DVD (15)

O, joy, a horror flick that's smart and funny, as well as cringeworthy for all the right reasons. And up to speed on the mortgage crisis too.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Playful and relentlessly scary.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Raimi should go slumming more often.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

The dichotomies director Sam Raimi presents within that familiar genre are what make this such a kick.

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Associated Press
Top Critic

Drag Me to Hell is a sometimes funny and often startling horror movie. That is what it wants to be, and that is what it is.

Full Review… | June 8, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Truly, this is manna from hell.

Full Review… | June 1, 2009
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Taking a break from directing Spider-Man blockbusters, Sam Raimi has come home to the gloriously tasteless, lowish-budget horror comedy he pioneered in The Evil Dead trilogy.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead roots in this yucky, energetic and consistently entertaining fright movie.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Radio Times

The aptly titled Drag Me to Hell celebrates Sam Raimi's triumphant return to frightful and cheesy horror films that elicit as many nervous laughs as cringing shudders.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Daily Herald (IL)

Drag's a brief, blunt and utterly brilliant blast of humor, terror and wicked satire; a trifle that feels like triumph, a dashed-off flick that blows doors off big-budget competition, and is about as much fun as you can have at the multiplex.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The legitimately pleasing touches of absurdity just aren't worth the struggle it takes to make it through long stretches of apathetic moviemaking.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Willamette Week

Leave it to Sam Raimi to breathe some new life into the genre most closely associated with lame sequels and lifeless remakes.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

After a certain point, the movie becomes our own cinematic damnation from which there is no escape.

Full Review… | July 7, 2013

In retrospect, I don't remember much about this film other than the gutpunch of the last scene ... but my, what a gutpunch it is.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

This is horror directed with a light touch but delivered like a hammer blow to the head.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

Drag Me to Hell's PG-13 rating holds [Raimi] back from the all-out, blood-spraying gonzo insanity he reached with Evil Dead, but he still gets away with a surprising amount of gross-out gags.

Full Review… | January 15, 2012
Juicy Cerebellum

There's a necessary coldness at its heart, and I'm honestly unsure whether it's a plus or a minus. I'm convinced, however, that this big inner chill is part of the reason why it's still creeping me out just a bit.

Full Review… | January 7, 2012

It could do with some more insanity. That's usually the only time it really feels alive. As it is only about half of Drag Me to Hell really hits that levels, but that's a lot more than we normally get.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

When a film makes me smile this much (you can't see, but it's a big smile), for this long (about a week) you know it's a great one.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
What Culture

Director Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead roots for this tongue-in-cheek gorefest -- one part spooky chiller, one part campy chuckler.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
Palo Alto Weekly

Drag Me To Hell is a genre-buster; one of the funniest and most satisfying films of 2009, and quite simply a perfect horror film. It also has possibly the greatest final-reel shock since Carrie.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

Raimi took the horror/comedy by the scruff of the neck in 1981 with his no-budget, roller-coaster of a possession film Evil Dead...and he brings his big bag of tricks to his much-anticipated return to horror, Drag Me To Hell.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

While few are going to accuse it of breaking new narrative ground, it proves one of the most satisfying horror films of recent years.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for Drag Me to Hell


Wasnt sure if this was movie from Jeff Dunham or a movie about me having to wake up and go to work . . it was worse it was another horror flick that just seemed eeeh

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Drag me to Hell is one of the better horror films to come out in recent years and it is a bit of a return to horror making form for Sam Faimi. It has a good mix of humour, back story, character development and a brilliant ending, usually the things that most of the recent cliched horror films lack or mess up. Dare I say it, there is an essence of Evil Dead about it but I did find the 'gross-out' scenes a little too heavy handed and in the end a little bit tiresome. I expected a lot worse but I was surprised and I loved the ending.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

If I loved films like I do now about 4 years ago, I would've went ballistic when I saw Sam Raimi at Forbidden Planet for this film's release. However, since I wasn't, I feel gutted that I missed that chance. To be honest I heard mixed views on this film; others were frightened, others didn't find it scary. Lets face it, this is Sam Raimi; the creator of 'The Evil Dead' Trilogy. If you're a film fan, you should know that there is bound to be some comical elements in Raimi's horror films. It's because of this, I enjoyed the film a lot more than I expected. Featuring superb scenes of ridiculous violence, this is highly recommended for Sam Raimi fans. Just one final thing to add: for some reason, the ending made me chuckle.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


This marked somewhat of a return to form for Sam Raimi, and, given that it came out after the conclusion of the immense Spider-Man trilogy, it was a nice breath of fresh air, especially since it was a far smaller affair.

Christine Brown is a young and determined loan officer on the fast track to success. When she makes a tough decision which results in the eviction of an elderly lady, she finds herself victim to an evil curse, and finds she has only three days to persuade the dark spirit to relent, otherwise she'll be dragged to Hell to be tormented for all eternity.

Pretty simple, basic plot, sure, but Raimi gets quite a bit of mileage out of it, and it really is a nice return of sorts to the darkly comedic tongue-in-cheek, horror schlock he cut his teeth on. He employs every kind of trick imaginable, and the result is a pretty fun and slick supernatural coaster ride. However, even though the film has a nice creepy vibe, it mostly relies on jump scares, shock moments, and gross outs instead of pure outright terror.

Alison Lohman takes the lead, and she really gets put through the ringer here. She is also to be commended for doing her own stunt work as well. She gives a nice, and backing her up are Justin Long as Christine's supportive boyfriend, Dileep Rao as a spiritual advisor who tries to help her, and Lorna Raver as the old woman who unleashes the curse. She's the real breakout her, and makes for a quite creepy and memorable presence.

It's a little tough at first who the audience should sympathize with, but the case is made for each side, and there is some development instead of just being a showcase for effects and directorial flair. It's not really anything more than light fare, but it does have a strong ending, and proves quite entertaining, so give it a shot.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Drag Me to Hell Quotes

Mrs. Ganush:
You shamed me... I begged you... and you shamed me.
– Submitted by Kim F (2 years ago)
Shaun San Dena:
Perhaps someone has cursed you...
– Submitted by Kim F (2 years ago)
Christine Brown:
It wasn't me; it was my boss!
– Submitted by Jean J (2 years ago)
Christine Brown:
[laughing] I beat ya you old bitch!
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
Clay Dalton:
This time, try not to piss off any old ladies.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
Christine Brown:
Here kitty, kitty.
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)

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