Director Sam Raimi's delightfully frightening Drag Me to Hell is up there with some of my favorite horror movies of all time. It's scary, smart and funny, and cringeworthy for all the right reasons. But after just reading this clever online fan theory, all that might be about to change.
For those who've forgotten exactly what happens, the movie follows Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), who has a loving boyfriend (Justin Long) and a well-paid job at an LA bank. But things soon turn rather evil when she denies an old woman, Ganush, a request for an extension on her home loan. In retaliation, the pissed off old crone places a curse on Christine, which threatens her soul with eternal damnation.
Ganush dies shortly afterwards and a horrible demon named "The Lamia" begins to torment Christine. But that is what we assume the film is about. This convincing fan-theory, however, argues otherwise.
The theory (link here) goes that much of the disturbing things we see "The Lamia" doing can be explained away as the hallucinations of a bulimic.
"An old photo reveals a younger Christine to be a bit fat, we never see her eating, and many of the nasty things that happen to her are related to eating (a corpse vomming down her throat, for example!"
Bullimics suffer from insatiable overeating which leads to a distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight. Bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.
What do you think?
It's arguable, of course, that if true this theory would make the film even more disturbing. But I have to be honest, I'm not so convinced by it.
Do you think this theory could be true?
Let me know in the comments below.