Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fun with a Capital F-U!

Drag Me To Hell

Release: 05.29.09
Rated PG-13
1 hour, 39 minutes

Full Price


We've all been there. You wake up determined to have a good day. Then at work you're reminded that your boss lacks confidence in you, your douchey coworker thinks he's the better than you, and your boyfriend's mom poo-poos you and she hasn't even met you! All these little things rise to the top until some poor unsuspecting sap forces you to angrily assert your superiority. A moment like that can make you feel like a dick, especially if the bystander didn't deserve it, but it could always be worse.

Christine Brown's (Alison Lohman, Big Fish) day qualifies as worse. Her guilt over denying an old lady a loan extension diminishes when she is subsequently attacked by said customer, Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver, TV: Star Trek Voyager). Besides vandalizing her car and giving her a fierce gumming, the gypsy woman bestows a horrid curse upon Christine. Over three days, a lamia will torment her until finally dragging her to Hell, unless she can find a way to stop it.

I knew Drag was going to be a winner when, within the first couple minutes, a cursed boy's mother gets bitch-slapped across the room by the unseen dark spirit. Only in the minds of Sam and Ivan Raimi (Army of Darkness) could such deviance dwell. For those unfamiliar with director Sam Raimi's earlier work, the zooming cameras, bizarre screaming voices, and demon-possessed, dancey floaty people are all reminiscent of the Evil Dead franchise.

Major kudos to Alison Lohman who sold every single gross moment of Drag with genuine fear and hysterics. She's subjected to an onslaught of wet, gooey, squishy things. She's tossed about her humble home like a rag doll. Throughout her mystical dilemma, her skeptical boyfriend Clay (Justin Long, Jeepers Creepers) remains supportive.

The small details in Drag speak volumes. Watching Mrs. Ganush sail on Christine's hard candy like it was filet mignon or glimpsing a simple eye brow arch by Christine's boss, That Guy David Paymer (Payback) let's us know exactly who they are and where they are coming from.

Dirty Undies
Long before Ellen Page, it was Lohman's cherubic mug that graced many a pedophile's wallpaper. It's amazing that at nearly thirty, she still has moments where she looks twelve. That innocent optimism blends well with the tough streak Christine develops through her demonic tribulations. She gives as good as she gets, even if it's against a defenseless kitty and a geriatric gypsy. The brutal fight from her driver's seat is in the running for 2009's most memorable moment.

The Money Shot
Drag Me to Hell is gross in the most extremely fun way possible. I could have easily written another page on all the goodness this potential franchise delivers. Hell, I didn't even mention the goat!

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9 comments:

  1. I forgot to mention the goat too. The fact that there's so much else that's fun and wonderful in DMtH that we leave out the a talking goat speaks volumes about how great this movie is. But seriously, a talking goat!!!!

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  2. Great flick! My favorite part is when the possessed guy at the seance starts doing a little jig in the air. Hilarious. The goat was pretty great too.

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  3. @Friend Mouse: The talking goat was classic. I found myself watching the goat in the background even when the possessed dude was attacking Christine. BTW, the goat did not look nearly as frightened by the demon as the rest did.

    @Eric: I loved watching the dancey floaty guy return her kitten.

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  4. Sorry to hear that. Why didn't you like it? Will you be doing a review on your site?

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  5. No review, you know I discriminate, lol. It was just too gross for me; all of the vomiting, slime, spittle, etc. I know people thought it added humor, I just thought it was disgusting and had to look away several times. What can I say? I have a severe aversion to bodily fluids (the very unfun and smelly ones at least!)

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  6. I have a severe aversion to bodily fluids (the very unfun and smelly ones at least!)

    lol! There was a lot of those in DMTH. I think the only one that bugged me was the anvil in the garage, totally unnecessary and too goofy. Mad props to Lohman for being such a pro at taking that much goo in the face. Yeah, I said it.

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  7. "Here kitty, kitty, kitty."

    They should have used good old fashion effects and left the computer generated slim and so forth to other, lesser films.

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  8. The few CGI scenes they used stuck out like a sore thumb when paired up beside the manual special effects; the anvil-exploding head scene comes to mind.

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