I saw the horror film “Drag Me to Hell” last weekend and was thoroughly amused.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew it was from Sam Raimi, the master of the over-the-top horror genre (The Evil Dead franchise and Army of Darkness). But it’s been roughly 17 years since Raimi did Army of Darkness, and since then, he’s been morphed into the blockbuster world of the Spiderman franchise. So the question remained: Does Raimi still have it?
The answer is an emphatic “yes.”
The only real difference between Drag Me to Hell and Raimi’s previous cult classics is simply that he’s got millions of dollars to work with. He wasn’t afraid to let the audience know when they were about to be scared, and after the heart-pounding scare accompanied by the loud, shrieking music, you’d find yourself laughing so hard you nearly fall out of your chair.
Yes, it is that funny.
Without giving away too much, here are some of the amusing horrors you’re in store for if you see Drag Me to Hell:
A demonized man with a wispy mustache spitting out a kitten, a nose bleed from the lead actress that becomes so bad it spews blood all over a bank manager, a woman getting covered in mucus spilled from the mouth of a dead gypsy, and a demonized goat calling someone a bitch.
At the risk of sounding like a promotional took for the film, there’s much, much more.
The film appeals to horror freaks and film freaks alike. The horror film buff will like it because, despite it’s ridiculousness, it still scares the crap out of you. The film fan will enjoy it because it has about everything you need. It makes you laugh, it scares you, and it’s flat-out well made.
So I urge you, plead with you, see Drag Me to Hell. As long as you enter the film with the right mind, you won’t be disappointed.