Guest Post – Drag Me To Hell

This guest post comes courtesy of Fernando from Committed to Celluloid and covers the bizarre, scary, creepy, funny Drag Me To Hell. Thank you very much to Fernando for letting me use his review. Don’t forget to pop on over to his excellent blog. There’s still time to submit stuff to Horror Movie Month if you so wish. Anything old or new is greatly appreciated! Simply email me on

Drag Me To Hell*Quick note: if you’re a native Spanish speaker, ignore the first scene. It lacks most of the impact it should have because the actors’ accents and pronunciation are so weird they’re distracting. The movie would’ve done very well without it, since it’s unnecessary exposition.

Drag me to Hell kicks things off with a marvelous, eerie opening credit sequence, unmistakably influenced by director Sam Raimi’s experience with movies based on comic books (he helmed the Spider-Man trilogy, with varying levels of success).  I watched this movie when it hit theaters almost three years ago and it’s the last horror film I’ve truly liked. All the glowing praise that The Cabin in the Woods has received inspired me to give it another spin.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that weaves horror and comedy together so seamlessly (for the most part, anyway; that goat scene was pushing it) especially when the devices to get laughs or chills are so extremely over the top. An ominous score by Christopher Young, gross-out visuals and ghastly visual effects add to the fun and give it a nostalgic vibe. Alison Lohman makes for a very good scream queen, while Justin Long is pretty decent, playing against type. Like I said, this is a very humorous chiller, but psychics Rham Jas (Dileep Rao; Inception)and Shaun San Dena (Adriana Barraza) are dead serious. Rao is suitably mysterious and Barraza, who really should get a new agent, is great in her first half-decent role after being Oscar-nominated in 2006 for Babel. The Raimi brothers (Ivan co-wrote) close the show with one of the best endings I can remember; somewhat predictable but not any less shocking because of that.

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14 thoughts on “Guest Post – Drag Me To Hell

  1. Nostra says:

    This is a movie I stopped watching because my girlfriend and me felt so uncomfortable that we couldn’t handle it anymore 🙂

  2. keith7198 says:

    Great review Fernando! This is a horror movie I have yet to see.

  3. Brian says:

    Nice review but I really wasn’t a fan of this movie.

  4. Thanks for featuring my review, Chris! 🙂

  5. mistylayne says:

    I mostly enjoyed this but thought it fell far beneath what could have been done with it. Also can never watch it again because of the kitten scene. 😦

  6. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. I liked the movie, but not as much as everybody else in the world seemed to. It’s a fun horror flick, and that’s pretty much it.

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