DRAG ME TO HELL (2009) reviews and overview of curse horror classic

Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American supernatural horror film, directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead and sequels), with a screenplay by Sam and Ivan Raimi.

Raimi wrote Drag Me to Hell with his brother, Ivan, prior to working on the Spider-Man films. The horror movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was generally well-received by critics. It was also a box office success, taking $90.8 million worldwide on a $30 million budget.

Scream Factory is releasing a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on February 13, 2018.

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Disc One:

  • New HD Master Of The Theatrical Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
  • Production Diaries – With Behind-the-scenes Footage And Interviews With Co-writer/director Sam Raimi, Actors Alison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Dileep Rao, Lorna Raver, Special Effects Guru Greg Nicotero, Director Of Photography Peter Deming, And More (35 Minutes)
  • Vintage Interviews With Director Sam Raimi And Actors Alison Lohman And Justin Long (33 Minutes)
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:

  • New HD Master Of The Unrated Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
  • New To Hell And Back – An Interview With Actress Alison Lohman (12 Minutes)
  • New Curses! – An Interview With Actress Lorna Raver (16 Minutes)
  • New Hitting All The Right Notes – An Interview With Composer Christopher Young (17 Minutes)
  • Still Gallery

Bank loan officer Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) tries to impress her boss by refusing to extend a loan to a gypsy woman by the name of Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver).

In retaliation, Mrs. 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…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Scant and barren of subtext, the pic is single-mindedly devoted to pushing the audience’s buttons… Still, there’s no denying it delivers far more than competing PG-13 thrillers.” Peter Debruge, Variety

” …plays like a gross-out competition put on by very talented frat boys. I couldn’t be happier. The laughs are as explosive as the screams. The loudest shriek comes from the PG-13 rating being squeezed of its last link to good taste. There’s less blood and fewer f-bombs, but the movie never stops spewing scares at you.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A blistering sound design and largely great (save for occasionally clumsy computer graphics) FX work with Raimi’s dizzying camera to create an atmosphere of popcorn pandemonium during the film’s technical highlights – a seance; a late-night visit to the cemetery – while elsewhere the assured combination of gags and horror (mostly of the cartoonish gross-out variety) recall the director’s celebrated Evil Dead II (1987).” Stuart Willis, The New Flesh: 21st Century Horror Films A – Z, Vol.1


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“hellaciously effective B-movie [that] comes with a handy moral tucked inside its scares, laughs and Raimi’s specialty, the scare/laugh hybrid.”  Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

” …the most crazy, fun and terrifying horror movie in years.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Cast and characters:

  • Alison Lohman as Christine Brown: A young mild-mannered bank employee who desires the position of assistant manager. After turning down Sylvia Ganush’s request for a third extension on her mortgage, she is cursed by her and attacked by a demon called the Lamia.
  • Justin Long as Professor Clayton “Clay” Dalton: Christine’s boyfriend who is a college professor born to a wealthy family. Clayton is skeptical about Rham Jas’s help and the existence of the demon.
  • Lorna Raver as Mrs. Sylvia Ganush: An elderly gypsy Hungarian woman who attacks Christine Brown and places a curse on her. Ganush dies the day after the attack, but her soul constantly haunts Christine throughout the film.
  • Dileep Rao as Rham Jas: A young psychic who informs Christine that she is cursed. Rham Jas later introduces Christine to Shaun San Dena who has a seance with her.
  • David Paymer as Mr. Jim Jacks: Christine’s concerned boss who is considering whether Christine or Stu Rubin deserves the job of assistant manager at the bank.
  • Adriana Barraza as Shaun San Dena: A psychic who has a seance to draw out the Lamia to kill it for Christine.
    • Flor de Maria Chahua as young Shaun San Dena
  • Bojana Novakovic as Ilenka Ganush: Sylvia Ganush’s cynical granddaughter. She lets Christine into her home when she asks to meet the elderly Ganush.
  • Reggie Lee as Stu Rubin: A conniving employee of the bank Christine works at. Stu tries to make Christine look bad at work in order to get the promotion.
  • Chelcie Ross as Leonard Dalton: Clay’s father who does not approve of Clayton dating Christine.
  • Molly Cheek as Trudy Dalton: Clay’s mother who also does not approve of Clayton dating Christine due to her “peasant” origin and bizarre behavior (which was caused by the Lamia).
  • Art Kimbro as the voice of the Lamia: A powerful demon that is summoned after Ganush curses Christine. Its task is to torment Christine for three days before literally dragging her into Hell to burn for eternity.
  • Octavia Spencer as bank co-worker
  • Alex Veadov as the man with ponytail at the death feast

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