Excerpt: You’ve got to hand it to director Sam Raimi. The man has been behind one of the biggest cult classics of all-time with “Evil Dead II” and at the other end of the spectrum, he”s helmed three of the most commercially successful movies with the “Spider-Man” franchise. Now, arguably the “Spider-Man” films came later in his career and I’m sure Raimi’s not hurting financially.
Excerpt: With the superb Drag Me to Hell , writer/director Sam Raimi couldn't announce any more audaciously his intentions to break free from the constricting web of mega-budget superhero franchises, and return to the gross-out comedy-horror genre that made him famous. Before it even begins, the signs are there.
Excerpt: Everything that happens in Drag Me to Hell reverts back the source: a sweater button. If you can’t find the humor in someone’s entire soul resting on the fate of a cursed button, than Sam Raimi’s humor does not fit your tastes. Absurdly entertaining is one way to describe everything about Drag Me to Hell .
Excerpt: The Film Didn't your mom ever tell you to be nice to old gypsy ladies with glass eyes? If not, you may be in trouble. At least if there's any truth to Drag Me to Hell . Director Sam Raimi ( Spider-Man , Evil Dead ) gets back to his evil roots with this creepy tale of torture and terror. The pawn in this game is a cute, perky Christine (Alison Lohman). The girl just can't get ahead -- that is, until she decides to deny a creepy old woman (Lorna Raver) a bank extension.
Summary: Oh but if we had the power to cast demon curses. The disc autoplays with a lengthy and (as we've said many times) wholly unnecessary teaser about how Blu-ray is the greatest feat of human invention since the Sistine Chapel, followed by at least ten minutes of trailers for other Universal home video releases. What makes this even more ironic is the fact that the Blu-ray teaser, the one about the glories of this new format, is in 480i standard definition!
Conclusion: A much-anticipated return to form, a rollicking genre treat, a frightfully fun horror gem, Drag Me to Hell will please Raimi fans and newcomers alike. Thankfully, Universal has blessed its Blu-ray release with a heavenly video transfer and a blazing DTS-HD Master Audio track. Granted, the studio drops the supplemental ball, but the film and its AV presentation are well worth the price of admission. Enjoy, dear readers... enjoy. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: The other day I was dragged to Drag Me to Hell . Despite all my big talk about being a horror movie expert, I haven’t kept up with the recent barrage of horror films. And why should I? Few of them have been worth my nine bucks at the movie theatre, rarely being screened for the critics and when they have been, receiving dirt-poor reviews. Drag Me to Hell is the first horror flick in recent memory that hasn’t been critically chopped to pieces.
Excerpt: I walked into Drag Me to Hell as a complete horror hater. No, more like a horror weenie-- I'd never sat through a horror movie without my hands over my eyes most of the time, counting the minutes until it could just be over and I could stop dreading what's going to jump out at me from behind the corner. And I'll admit, there were parts of Drag Me to Hell where I was intently focused on my notebook, terrified to figure out what was making that awful creaking noise.
Excerpt: Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell opens with the ’80s Universal Studios logo, only the first indication that Raimi, who’s been shackled to the Spider-Man franchise for the last decade, intends to go back in time. Specifically, he’s recalling his own time at Universal in the early ’90s, when he brought the splatstick hokum of his Evil Dead days to the studio playground with 1990’s Darkman and 1992’s Army Of Darkness .