Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

You tricked me, you black-hearted who-o-o-o-o-ore! You b-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-itch!

Drag me to hell seems to be a polarising film. The critics like it (93%) the public not so (61%) SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes. Why is this and which camp do I fall into?vlcsnap-2012-04-30-22h02m55s49

Well I am obviously more a critic then plebeian, and if the general public cannot see the talent in this film then I don't want to a member of it.

Drag Me to Hell isn’t a great film, perhaps that 93% score is rather generous. It is, however, an excellent “old school” horror employing all of Raimis old tricks including odd camera angles, sassy demons and unnerving situations. My complaints are few but they are significant. There is still too much CGI, some of which is terrible (the eye popping scene) and I am still trying to work out why Christine had an anvil tied to her garage ceiling? (eye popping again). The jumps are telegraphed from miles away and tension is destroyed by LOUD music and effects that make you jump more than the visuals. vlcsnap-2012-04-30-21h47m10s77

All that aside to be honest I am at a loss as to how anyone could vociferously hate this film. Perhaps there are not enough vacuous teens or confusing plot points? Yes the movie has flaws but the plot is sound and the jumps genuine. Have I lost contact with the world of horror entirely or is 80’s old school just desperately uncool?

Drag Me to Hell is an above par horror relying far too much on the BOO factor. I have to forgive this though as that IS Raimis style! Worth a watch.

Paul Out…


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