Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Raimi is back, Baby!!

Drag Me to Hell 2009
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Sam and Ivan Raimi
Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Lorna Raver and Dileep Rao

Sam Raimi, his name is one that is synonymous with horror when it comes to your mind. Though he has not dabbled in it since the Gift. I am happy to say that Drag Me to Hell is a return to form for him and he has lost none of the magic in making a horror film. This is the scariest horror film I have seen since Dead Silence. It grabs you by the throat from the beginning and never lets up until the end credits roll. Raimi deftly controls the suspense in the film and you are tensed up throughout the entire film. You feel the film is going to end one way and it totally turns you on your head and leaves you gasping in shock when the credits start.
The plot basics are such, Christine (Lohman) is a loan officer at a bank and is gunning for a promotion to assistant manager. She wants to prove she has the nerve for it to her boss (Paymer). She has a old gypsy woman (Raver) ask for an extension on her mortgage but she denies her and the gypsy begs but she refuses and she lunges at her and is escorted out. Then on the way home she ends up in a brutal battle with the Gypsy, where the gypsy rips a button off her coat and curses her. At first it seems fine, until she starts being attacked by unseen forces and she seeks the help of a psychic (Rao) to stop what is attacking her and she finds out that in 3 days she will be dragged to hell. What follows is a battle to save her soul and she will be surprised to how far she will go to save herself.
I was expecting this film to be good, but it really blew me away, it's a phenomenal film. Raimi has lost none of his artistic touches when making horror. He works wonders with the PG-13 rating, and makes a cringe inducing horror film. The writing is great too tense and spooky when needed, action packed at others, with great humor sprinkled throughout. The acting is great you really feel for Lohman and she transforms into a character of Ash proportions by the end of the film. Long does great as the boyfriend who believes her unquestionably too. Raver as the gypsy woman is eerily scary throughout the film too. The effects by Greg Nicotero are great as well, I never doubted any of the effect scenes for a second. This is a film I highly recommend and any tru horror fan is doing themselves a disservice if they don't see this because it's rated PG-13. This film will make you change your underwear.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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