Blood and Bile: A belated review of Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

This is a delightfully icky, campy and funny horror from Sam Raimi, after he did the Spider-Man Movies, he went back to his roots and made this story of a woman, cursed by a gypsy, with three days to go before she is dragged to hell. With jumps aplenty and a creeping weirdness, this is a film the revels in its old school scare tactics, the camera flying about like the spirits back in that old cabin.

It’s also disgustingly funny. Bile, blood and vomit fly freely, a fantastic fight between both women leads to the gypsy’s teeth to come out, who then proceeds to give the heroine a gumming on her chin. It’s yucky, but really entertaining, and as the film builds to its climax, we don’t cut back on the bizarre humour, as goats talk and devils dance.

Thankfully the film is fairly short, it’s quick and straight to the point, it gets the job done, like all the best horror films. The lead actress is game and great, the music is nicely classic, the effects are done with a sense of fun and it’s directed by a maestro. All in all, it’s just good fun.

Rating: B+  8/10


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