Sunday, November 6, 2011

Screaming Sunday: Drag Me To Hell

By s. Sunday, November 6, 2011 , ,
Sati's movie rating - 84/100 
Plot: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. For 3 days she is being haunted by a demon and if she won't escape the curse - she is going to Hell. That's one of the fascinating things about that film - if Christine deserves to go to Hell, then when I get there they will need to create whole new circles of anguish for me.
The heroes: Christine - normal, formerly chubby girl, with boring bureaucratic job, a boyfriend and a cat. She's a regular person, but after getting the one way ticket to hell she will do anything to survive. You feel for her and root for her - she is smart, brave and even if she does something awful - she has one hell of a motivation to do it.
The antagonists: Old gypsy woman, the curse and all kinds of horrible things dwelling in Hell. And there is also a possessed, talking goat. Reading about the film you may run on a nice theory going around that the whole thing is a hallucination caused by Christine's eating disorder - pay attention to when exactly the demon appears. You see food in the scene? You are on the right track.
Scare factor: 3/5 evil pumpkins - Many jump scares, many disturbing and freaky scenes involving, among others, flies and eyeballs.
Gore factor:4/5 bloody Leatherfaces -
Lots of blood and all kinds of disgusting things.
What makes it so great? Alison Lohman - beautiful, talented actress - she is the girl who made the time stood still and popcorn fly in "Big Fish" - who plays her role with a lot of dedication and makes Christine into cute, ordinary, likable but also capable of anything. There is also a lot of very cool, campy and gory scenes, lots of humour and cheesy CGI. The movie is directed by Sam Raimi and after all, he specializes in making entertaining camp.
Best scene: Chilling ending.
Oh-oh something's not right line: "I beg and you shame me?"
Morbid trivia: The license plate of Sylvia Ganush's car is 99951. When it is turned upside-down, it reads IS666.
Is there a twist? Oh, yes and it's very painful to watch.
Don't eat during this one. Seriously. Especially cakes.
Unsuitable for:
People dealing with the poor on daily basis, people holding the job that doesn't give them many opportunities to help others even if they want to, cat owners and people with eating disorders.
Fear of train stations. Fear of gaps between platforms. Fear of cakes. Fear of goats. Fear of buttons.