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Drag Me to Hell (2009) Movie Review
Chris Carle: What’s up everybody? This is Chris Carle.
Chris Monfette: This is Chris Monfette.
Chris Carle: And we’re here to discuss Drag Me to Hell. Drag Me to Hell is kind of Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre. He’s been off doing some Spiderman movies.
Chris Monfette: Low budget cinema.
Chris Carle: And he’s back now. He’s the guy who did Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 for the people who don’t remember, and Army of Darkness. Now, he’s kind of back in that horror comedy territory that he’s embraced in his early career.
On this movie has a lot to offer in that realm. The story is it’s young girl who kind of pisses of the wrong witch, she gets a cursed put on her and then a Demon Dogs are around for three days causing all of the manner discomfort to her and those around -- that’s pretty much the plot.
Chris Monfette: Yeah. It’s basically it. Don’t piss off the wrong gypsy. The movie is—you know is hugely effective. It’s really scary, it’s really fast. It’s that odd ball makes humorous scares that Sam Raimi’s fans have been waiting ten years for him to get back to it, and this is his love letter to them. If you take the movie that way it’s going to be a blast for a lot of people I think.
Chris Carle: Yeah. You know one of the things that really work for me was Alison Lohman herself.
Chris Monfette: Yeah.
Chris Carle: She plays Christine, the main character and if she just really grounded the movie and made it believable, even with all these crazy nonsense is going on around her, she really was the center of the movie.
Chris Monfette: Yeah. Yeah, her performance here is really strong and Sam Raimi really put through for the rare on this one.
Chris Carle: Yeah.
Chris Monfette: She gets knocked her out and beaten up pretty good. And she plays that sort of typical Raimi character who’s not like the virginal princess -- She is you know is regular average everyday person who have been trying to get out of this horrific situation actually ends up kind of deserving to be there.
Chris Carle: Yeah, she makes some really bad -- really bad decisions through out the course of this movie and you know we don’t want to spoil anyone. I thought also that Sam Raimi himself made some bad decisions. I feel it like -- I feel it totally -- you know this movie kind is all over the place. I mean -- I know it’s extremely effective on some levels like you said. But you know there are places where it kind of drifts into too much comedy realm for me, and sometimes when it’s like it could have -- almost for me been a straight horror movie and become better.
Chris Monfette: Yeah. And they’re definitely some scenes here specifically sound scene that happens about two-thirds of the way through the film where instead of things go off the rails into comedy a little bit too much but you know if you are a fan of Raimi, if you are the hardcore -- this is the humor and this the horror that you wanted they’re combined relatively well here unless you are coming into this movie just looking for a straight-up horror film and then it’s going to take you probably about 20 to 30 minutes to really understand that it’s okay to laugh and have a good time.
Chris Carle: So what was your overall sense of it -- what is the star rating that you give?
Chris Monfette: Yeah, we’re going to give this a three and a half out of five. That’s said we’re saying this with the caveat that if you are the die hard Sam Raimi fan and this movie was made for, you’re going to get five stars worth of enjoyment out of it.
Chris Carle: Right.
Chris Monfette: That said, if you take Sam out of the equation and you looked at it objectively as a movie, if it were made by somebody else the exact the same way, I wonder if maybe we wouldn’t be having a conversation right now as to whether the movie was a little manipulative and cheap in places.
Chris Carle: And we love Sam Raimi.
Chris Monfette: Of course it’s hardcore.
Chris Carle: And personally thought the movie is pretty entertaining. It made me smile the whole time through and did have some really decent scares. Yeah, so I definitely recommend it. Check it out this weekend or check out some of Sam Raimi’s other films on DVD, Army of Darkness is a great start. Thanks a lot for watching.