Plot: Christine (Alison Lohman) is close to a game changing promotion at work, but her boss seems to think she is too nice. As she works at a bank and deals with loans, that kindness could be seen as a weakness, but she is determined to land the promotion, so she tries to toughen up. An old woman comes in and is desperate for help, as she is behind on her payments and the bank is about to foreclose on her home. Christine is heartbroken by the situation, but she knows her boss wants her to be tough, so she refuses an additional extension. The woman soon creates a scene when she first begs for assistance, then lashes out at Christine. She is shaken by the encounter, but her boss insists she did the right thing and Christine tries to calm herself back down. But when the old man ambushes her in the parking garage and curses her after a violent struggle, it is clear the situation wasn’t resolved. As time passes, strange things begin to happen to Christine, but is it just bad luck or was the curse all too real?
Entertainment Value: I would rank Drag Me to Hell as one of the funniest, wildest, and overall bad ass horror movies ever made. The premise is a simple one and hits a lot of familiar notes, but never feels recycled in the least and makes sure even the smallest details are fun or outrageous. This leads to some outlandish moments and the movie’s sense of humor is razor sharp, with colorful characters, odd situations, and some fun, character driven dialogue. At the same time, the horror elements aren’t lessened and the movie piles on scares, gross outs, and eerie atmosphere, just with a wicked, twisted sense of humor. Christine is such an interesting person to be locked in this supernatural curse scenario, as she is so normal in most ways, but slowly unravels and reverts to a dormant side of her persona. This mental breakdown is expertly crafted and is the core of the movie, pushing her into places she never expected and forcing her to endure hellish experiences. Alison Loham is fantastic in the lead and really embraces the role, while Lorna Raver is excellent as Mrs. Ganush. A heroine we can root for and a wild, ruthless villain and these two have some memorable scenes together, including the epic car fight that is a real highlight. This is an insanely fun, over the top horror flick that pays tribute to the old school fright cinema, but puts all kinds of fresh, inventive, and outlandish twists in the mix.
No nakedness. Christine is in a battle for her immortal soul, so little time for monkey business in this one. The original version of this movie was PG-13, but it packs in more blood and other fluids than a lot of recent R rated horror pictures. This includes a dead being vomited up, geysers of surprise blood, a tidal wave of insects, eyeball cake, and some wild woman on woman violence. The fight in the car between Mrs. Ganush and Christine is an awesome sequence and it is packed with gross moments and hilarious touches. The dialogue is as colorful and fun as the rest of the movie, with rich humor and some hilarious, quotable lines. Christine is a good source of consistent fun lines, but I also love the overly serious, occult lingo from her spiritualist. The nerdy boss and her rival at work also have some fun moments, so this is just a massive amount of fun from the dialogue perspective. On the insanity scale, this movie has the manic, outrageous presence of some of Sam Raimi’s earlier work and has a consistently offbeat vibe. The dialogue, the characters, and the wild situations all rack up points and while the manic humor defuses that a little, it is still a crazy ride.
Overall Insanity: 6/10