Tagline: Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend, and a bright future. But in three days, she’s going to hell.
If you’re a fan of the work of director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man, Darkman, etc), then you will know that when it comes to movies, he has an expert eye and knack for producing some madcap features. And never is this truer than in his supernatural horror picture, Drag Me to Hell – a hair-raising film about a young woman who is cursed.
In the movie, Christine Brown works for a bank and is trying her best to move up the corporate ladder, when she is approached by an elderly customer experiencing financial difficulties. The customer – Mrs. Ganush – is set to lose her house if she can’t find a way to delay her mortgage payments, and she believes Christine is the only person who can help her.
Christine is keen to assist Mrs. Ganush, and feels empathy for her situation, but she is also mindful that in order to get ahead in her career, she has to make some tough decisions. These tough decisions include insisting the payments must be made, which results in the elderly lady reacting badly to Christine’s response and causing a scene in the bank.
Seething with anger and frustration, Mrs. Ganush then waits until the bank has closed, before promptly attacking Christine in the carpark. During the attack she places a curse on her victim, which causes all manner of problems for the young woman.
From here on out, Christine’s life descends into chaos as she finds herself stalked by a demonic presence. Her only hope of escaping the demon’s clutches is to pass the curse onto someone else, but this is another tough decision that she’s not entirely sure she can make.
And while Christine makes that decision, director Sam Raimi has a ball ensuring her life becomes a living hell, all the while throwing blood, guts, and gore at the screen. He also brings plenty of scares, a number of laughs, and some slapstick situations that have to be seen to be believed.
While Drag Me to Hell might not be Sam Raimi’s most well-known feature film, it is arguably one of his strongest and provides a real thrill-ride for audiences. It is a horror movie unlike any other, and for those who want a spot of fun with their frights, it certainly knows how to deliver.
Rham Jas – “You’d be surprised what you’ll be willing to do, when the Lamia comes for you.”
Cast and crew
Drag Me to Hell is directed by Sam Raimi, with Raimi also a co-writer on the film alongside his brother, Ivan Raimi. Robert Tapert and Grant Curtis are producers, with the music composed by Christopher Young.
The cast includes Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza, Reggie Lee, and Bojana Novakovic.
Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this spotlight post focusing on a must-see horror movie. This ‘spotlight’ on Drag Me to Hell is part of a series of eight posts looking at superb horror movies and docu-films which you may or may not have seen.
Other posts in this series include: Child’s Play (1988), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Babysitter (2017), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Best Worst Movie (2010), Final Destination (2000), and Scrooged (1988).
The aim of these posts is to spread some horror love around the internet, and possibly introduce you to a slice of horror that you may have overlooked. So, make sure to add this film to your next horror movie marathon.
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