Drag Me To Hell - Sam Raimi

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  1. Grim

    Grim Well-Known Member

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    I'd say my favorite part of the movie was
    when the good gypsy lady's servant got possessed and started dancing around.
    That shit was straight Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness awesomeness.
     
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    shift Hot as shit!

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    Loved it!! Best so far for 2009. Raimi knows what a horror movie is, even if it is rated pg13
     
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    The chin slobbering scene in the car (without her dentures) is priceless.
     
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    wasn't really expecting much from it (thought the trailer sucked), but this was GREAT and i'm getting this as soon as it hits DVD

    if this is the future for PG-13 horror movie, they'll have my vote, Raimi shows how horror movies should be, no stupid remake, no torture porn, but great fun, gooey, at times funny, at times very creepy

    only some of the CGI bothered me a bit (except for some of those stupid kids who seem not being able to shut up for more than 5 minutes), but in all, this is probably the best horror movie of 2009 at the moment!
     
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    Yeah... I never got the X-rating for Evil Dead 2. Most of the gore was off screen with blood splashing some object (unlike the in your face violence of the original). It's too bad the Evil Ed sequence was cut down so much.

    I'd say with some cutting it could get a pg-13, but at it stands, it's a solid R.

    Army of Darkness is a different story. That could have been PG-13 even though it has more overt violence than DMTH.

    The MPAA is a joke, and a movie's quality shouldn't be judged on its rating.
     
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    For cover art and specs click here.
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    what, both versions in a single release? what crazy world is this?

    Sounds good,man!
     
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    The fact that it says "Director's Cut" puts me at ease. This is probably the cut Raimi prefers and not a shitload of bad deleted scenes thrown back in. I would assume it would include the deleted bits of gore that were in the R-rated cut.
     
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    vampyr789 9, 10. Never Sleep Again.

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    "Production Video Diaries – over 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes scares, secrets and surprises featuring stars Justin Long and Alison Lohman"

    ....this sounds interesting....awww why no audio commentary Sam???
     
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    Am I the only one who doesn't think this is the greatest horror movie of the decade?

    I just watched it, and it was ok I certainly don't hate it, but really just didn't find it very interesting.

    I mean, I am really getting tired of the sort of "american" style of horror, where the whole point is to try to beat the odds, or win the game. Seriously, it sets up one of two really predictable endings:

    the heroes triumph over evil (yawn, boring - plus the requisite "or did they?" at the end to set up the sequel).
    the heroes don't triumph over evil (ooh, dark and shocking, with only a 50% chance of guessing this ending, I never would have seen it coming!)

    Please.

    Plus, who has an anvil strung up like that? This gag was entirely too staged to be believable. (I know, it's Sam Raimi, he does stuff like that, but still, it didn't work for me here).

    The imagery was cool, and it was really well crafted, well acted, etc. But the story just really didn't do anything for me.
     
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    GREAT film! One of the best this year.
     
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    I'm still waiting to watch the best horror movie of the decade. Of course, since general public opinion never really raised any of the Evil Dead movies to that status in the 1980s, there probably isn't much reason to set the bar so high for Raimi now. Still, films like Drag Me to Hell are awfully fun to watch.
     
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    Ok, maybe not everyone is saying 'greatest of the decade', but I wouldn't even go so far as to say "awfully fun to watch". Maybe it's just me?

    "fun to watch" - ok. But mostly only in that "turn-your-brain-off-it's-hollywood" way. I'm not sure why I expected more, maybe it's just that the recent spate of very good movies like Deadgirl, Martyrs, Let the Right One In, etc. (that really challenged expectations and went in new directions) has left me a bit jaded. I want more out of a movie than people going to see a psychic to help them defeat an evil spirit. I guess I think the theme is tired, so variations on it don't appeal to me as much as they used to.
     
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    I have to turn my brain off for most of Raimi's movies, with the exception of maybe A Simple Plan. They're still fun to watch though.

    I agree that we've seen some good films recently, but I don't know that "variations of a theme" on another zombie flick (Deadgirl) or another vampire flick (Let the Right One In) are any more original than a variation on another demon flick.
     
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    Just watch this and I was very surprised... very good movie.
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    Well you're right, it's hard to be more tired than vampires or zombies these days... Still, those were particularly interesting variations on their themes, that to me seemed to explore very interesting questions about their characters, with no easy answers.

    Drag me to hell seemed to pull out the same old answers to the problem - nothing really new about the characters was offered.

    What really bothered me towards the end was
    the "ask the psychic if my new plan follows the rules" - she was confronted with an interesting moral problem in the choice to save herself by giving the button away (already a bit of "what are the rules of this horror movie"). I'm fairly bored by horror movies with "rules" (Scream was the only interesting movie for me in this regard).

    And the solution was a cheap cop-out - "I'll give the button to someone who's already dead and who deserves torment" - that it didn't work was an accident (and why would a collector still have a rare coin in his car?). It had the potential for interesting character development and questionable behavior, but failed to deliver anything remotely challenging. At least she killed her cat - not that it seemed to upset her at all!
     
  17. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    I thought it was a wonderful movie and a very fun to watch too.
    As for the ending, the whole movie resolves around money and the "evil" they create. It is all about money for the heroine, for the evil character, for the psychic and the rare coin does the rest. The movie plays with that notion with an ease that it almost flies over your head. Raimi did one of his best films with this one. Too bad for some of the CGI shots though.
     
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    I really enjoyed Drag me to hell but I think I know what you mean. For me I think It's just down to personal preference. I prefer Horror with a darker tone and subject matter. Drag me to hell was light and fun, which is great but seems to lack substance. When it comes down to it, I prefer Dark, Visceral and Lingering.
     
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    I like dark and depressing horror movies, but the trend in the past 5 years is that virtually ALL of them have been that way. It's rather refreshing to have a few recently like Drag Me To Hell and Trick 'r Treat that maintain a sense of fun without succumbing to full blown horror/comedy hybridization.
     
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    What's weird for me is that I love horror comedies - it may be my favorite sub-genre. I generally don't like the dark depressing ones (Organ springs to mind as unwatchably dark for me), though for "horror" horror movies I think Dark Visceral and Lingering is what I like most - the ones that crawl under your skin and stay there.

    I like a light tone, but the lack of substance was what got to me, I think. I didn't think it was a bad movie, despite my complaints, just average. Some substance would have kicked it up a notch into 'great' for me.
     

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