Here's a spoiler-miễn phí Drag Me To Hell Reviews by a horror người with high hopes. Was Duncan let down or overjoyed by Sam Raimi's new film?

By Duncan Bowles | May 22, 2009 | | Comments count:0

Horror is not only a genre I love, it’s also a genre that will be forever laced with nostalgia.

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At an early age my dad told me the stories of Frankenstein, Dracula and teo. which started my curiosity, then, during the 80s I continued khổng lồ further my education, especially with the advent of teen hormones leading lớn an increased bloodlust combined with a need to see as many scantily clad women as possible. During my later teenage years though, I rediscovered the first two Evil Dead films when the third of the trilogy was released & my love for Sam Raimày started in earnest.

I loved Army Of Darkness on its release, having already become moderately obsessed with Darkman (I have an affinity for mutilated, then re-born heroes – Robocop, The Vindicator, Swamp Thing etc.), while Evil Dead 2 became a firm after tiệc ngọt joy around the same time, as its splatstiông xã style was perfectly suited to lớn our alcohol-fuelled energy.

However, unlượt thích a lot of nostalgic movie memories, Sam Raimi’s films remain untainted by time và are still ahy vọng my favourites, though where he differs from so many of the 80s directors I idolised, is that his skills và output as a filmmaker have continued to lớn grow in strength.


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Despite the dip in quality with Spider-Man 3, the rest of Raimi’s output has been continually interesting và varied, especially taking inkhổng lồ account the superb và underrated A Simple Plan, so with his long overdue return to full blown horror, on duties as both director and co-writer (with brother Ivan) I was as excited as I was nervous before watching Drag Me To Hell – could this be the film khổng lồ finally make me question my faith in the house of Raimi?

No is the answer. Hell, no (no pun intended). Drag Me To Hell is absolutely fantastic.

I wrote the preamble for this Đánh Giá before the screening và it’s strange that I talked about nostalgia as I can safely say, having just stepped out of Drag Me To Hell, that I haven’t been as shaken by a movie in just over fifteen years và can easily clayên that it made me the most terrified I’ve ever been at 10.30 in the morning.

Sam Raingươi has well và truly returned khổng lồ his Evil Dead days and in doing so has delivered one of the most impactful và funny horror films I’ve sầu ever seen.

It’s worth mentioning that the film that shook me fifteen years ago was Candyman. I was eighteen at the time and already considered myself desensitised lớn horror, so four of us brazenly strolled into the cinema and when we left, were all shaken khổng lồ the core.

Bachồng to the present day và I am even more jaded & unshakeable, to the point where I actually crave sầu some size of thrill from horror movies, as I so rarely find it. Drag Me to lớn Hell though has completely thrown me off balance.


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The expectation of seeing a new Sam Raingươi horror film had already got my adrenalin pumping (and unlike Crank 2 – without the aid of caffeine), but from the very beginning of the film và throughout, the onslaught of adrenalin never stopped. The shocks và scares begin within minutes of the film and it’s a testament to lớn Raimi’s skill that the excitement and fear were sustained continually, without ever suffering from the usual down side of a bombardment of image and sound, which is normally a kind of numbness from instant desensitisation.

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I refuse lớn discthất bại any plot or even any direct example of how Raimày orchestrates the film into lớn such an amazing ride, as I went in knowing absolutely nothing about it & it paid off in a way I could never have expected.

Existing Reviews have all been incredibly positive và rightfully so, but I urge you not lớn read them and in return I can promise you that the film will deliver the following:

If you take friends or partners to lớn see it, especially anyone who is horror shy, it will most likely scare the life out of them – I really don’t think it was the miễn phí orange juice I drank before the screening that was responsible for the overwhelming desire lớn go to lớn the toilet during the film.

Fellow Geeks and Sam Raingươi fans, this is the film you’ve been waiting for. I know that a lot of us have been hoping over the years for an Evil Dead 4, but swap Bruce Campbell for Alison Lohman, ramp up the jump factor và this is more than you could possibly ask for as a follow up. Watching Raimi torment Lohman’s character, Christine Brown, is as funny as it is scary, it’s lượt thích watching hyên playing with a new toy & he’s not known for playing nicely.

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There are enough of Raimi’s visual stylistics, slapstichồng, dark humour & moments of sheer, vile iông xã (I can’t think of a better word), that he has made a film with plenty of nods to his previous work while still presenting something that is fresh & exciting.


It is a perfect example of a film that must be seen at the cinema lớn be fully appreciated. Trust me. Drag Me To Hell is a masterpiece of sound kiến thiết and the loud shrieks và other terrifying sound effects are used in the most powerful way I think I’ve sầu ever heard; they don’t just add to lớn the frights but in one scene in particular, reach such oppressive sầu levels that the noise feels as if it could physically blow you away; it’s simply incredible.

If you can’t make it lớn the cinema then I really hope that the disc release includes a DTS soundtraông chồng & that you either own, or know someone who owns, a very loud surround sound system.

Don’t let the certificate fool you. I was amazed to lớn discover that it was only a 15 (and in the States a PG-13). I know I’m guilty of judging films, especially horror films, based on their certificate, but Drag Me To Hell is an amazing example of what can be achieved without resorting to lớn the torture porn trapping of relying on vicious gore khổng lồ get a reaction.

There is very little blood on screen, yet the way in which events are portrayed have sầu the same effect as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, where your mind is convinced it’s seen more than it actually has.

I feel lượt thích Sam Raimày has returned to lớn the fold & raised the bar yet again for anyone making contemporary horror movies, creating what could be described as a refresher course in how khổng lồ craft a fantastically scary film, without resorting khổng lồ nasty tactics.

The performances are uniformly excellent và the casting, as with most of Raimi’s films, is perfect. I’m a bạn of Justin Long & his role in Drag Me To Hell is the first straight role I’ve seen hlặng perkhung in a while, so while I found it a shame that he was short on his usual witty và sarcastic retorts, it was also a pleasant change to see him in a solid supporting role while letting Alison Lohman steal the show, & that she certainly does.

Lohman first came khổng lồ my attention after her superb turn in Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men, but I was curious to see how she would hold her own in a film which, as mentioned above sầu, involves her dealing with the Raimi’s combined imagination running at full pelt và she holds her own magnificently.

Again, I won’t give examples, but the role involves a lot of physicality, yet somehow her slight frame seems believably determined in struggles against the dark forces và makes for a strangely beguiling sight when combined with her youthful and innocent looks.

It will make you afraid of buttons.

And that’s all I can really say without giving anything away. The film actually left me unnerved for several hours afterwards (in fact, I’m not sure I’ve sầu recovered yet), while still making me laugh at all the over the top antics that you’d associate with an Evil Dead film.

It’s an easy four star movie, but as I normally prefer khổng lồ see a film multiple times before handing out a fifth, it will be interesting khổng lồ see if Drag Me To Hell will stay at the top with the Evil Dead trilogy, only time will tell, but I certainly have sầu a lot of faith.

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Do try and see it on the big screen, I certainly intkết thúc khổng lồ again – & if you’re a teenager aged fifteen or above, then you have to go & see it or you could kết thúc up waiting another fifteen years, like I did, for a film as thrilling as Drag Me To Hell to lớn come along.