Amongst the many films that I have to catch up on, one of the one's I watched was 2009's Drag Me To Hell. Directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead trilogy), the film follows Christine Brown who works at a bank. When she refuses a loan to an elderly gypsy woman, she is cursed: in three days, she will be dragged down to hell unless she can break said curse.
The cinematography, soundtrack and overall tone of the film echoes that of Evil Dead 2, except this is bigger and (dare I say it) better. The pacing is more polished and events are stretched out instead of mostly happening all at once in the first half of the film. It also moves the story away from the cabin in the woods scenario that we’re familiar with, and places it in a surburban setting which makes the film seem more terrifying. That’s not to say that this is a serious film, like the ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy, it doesn’t take itself seriously and carries a sense of humour.
The performances are also strong: Alison Lohman is fantastic as Christine Brown and Justin Long is also great as her boyfriend. I also want to mention Lorna Raver, who plays the elderly gypsy Mrs. Ganush, whom gives off a brilliant performance as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and it's a shame that it doesn't get more recognizition amongst the horror community, as it definitely deserves it. However, the film did shoot itself in the foot as its trailer made it seem like a serious horror film which it is definitely not, as I've already mentioned. This is a fun, silly, but at times scary, film that doesn’t take itself seriously and definitely has that Sam Raimi feel to it.