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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 236
Fresh: 217 | Rotten: 19

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

88

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 5

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

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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

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi

Oct 13, 2009

$42.1M

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All Critics (236) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (217) | Rotten (19) | DVD (15)

Playful and relentlessly scary.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Raimi should go slumming more often.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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The dichotomies director Sam Raimi presents within that familiar genre are what make this such a kick.

December 15, 2009
Associated Press
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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.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Truly, this is manna from hell.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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This grosses you out but it also makes you laugh at how crazy it is.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Spider-Man director Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead roots in this yucky, energetic and consistently entertaining fright movie.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
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.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

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

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

July 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

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.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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.

January 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum
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.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
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.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Comment (1)
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.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)
Quickflix

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.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Comments (3)
sbs.com.au

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

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots in the unrelenting and cheerfully macabre spook tale.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Raimi mastered the art of the screeching, zombie hag in The Evil Dead, and 28 years and three Spider-Mans later, he's still got it.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for Drag Me to Hell

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.
June 5, 2013
SirPant

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.
April 17, 2013
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.
December 22, 2012
cosmo313
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    1. Mrs. Ganush: You shamed me... I begged you... and you shamed me.
    – Submitted by Kim F (23 months ago)
    1. Shaun San Dena: Perhaps someone has cursed you...
    – Submitted by Kim F (23 months ago)
    1. Christine Brown: It wasn't me; it was my boss!
    – Submitted by Jean J (23 months ago)
    1. Christine Brown: [laughing] I beat ya you old bitch!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
    1. Clay Dalton: This time, try not to piss off any old ladies.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
    1. Christine Brown: Here kitty, kitty.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
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