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Drag me to Hell - Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Sam Raimi

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Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is an ambitious LA loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs Ganush (Lorna Raver) arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr Jacks (David Paymer), and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs Ganush and dispossessing her of her home.

In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a sceptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas (Dileep Rao) to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film horror supernatural bank curse psychic

Persons of interest

  • Alison Lohman .... Christine Brown
  • Justin Long .... Clay Dalton
  • Lorna Raver .... Mrs Ganush
  • Dileep Rao .... Rham Jas
  • David Paymer .... Mr Jacks
  • Adriana Barraza .... Shaun San Dena
  • Chelcie Ross .... Leonard Dalton
  • Reggie Lee .... Stu Rubin
  • Molly Cheek .... Trudy Dalton
  • Bojana Novakovic .... Ilenka Ganush
  • Kevin Foster .... Milos
  • Flor de Maria Chahua .... Young Shaun San Dena
  • Sam Raimi .... Screenwriter
  • Ivan Raimi .... Screenwriter
  • Sam Raimi .... Director

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Theatrical report

I'm not sure if it was done on purpose, but from the opening Universal logo I felt like I was transported back 20 years into their "Don't let this film see the light of day or ELSE" archives. It had everything: grainy picture, poor special effects, over-the-top gore, slap-stick comedy and disgusting-to-the-point-of-vomiting characters. It had a stop-gap feel to it, as though whatever had been originally filmed was butchered at the editing stage. Had it not been the appearance of Justin Long I would have readily believed this film had been filmed in the 80s. (Justin probably wasn't born until after Days of thunder). It was very very bad. I cannot in good conscience use the familiar line of "It's not good, it's not bad, it's just different" because it was just BAD. Sam Raimi's not a bad director or writer, and I'm very confident followers of his will LOVE this film because it has his style swathed all over it; but for everyone else who is looking to see a horror film at the cinema... you're going to be wondering why you spent $40 on it instead of going to a back-packer pub & picking up someone who doesn't speak English. It got an extra point from me because this production is an excellent teaching tool for the film schools. Pick it apart and analyse it; evaluate and discuss it and use it as a historical reference. But if you're looking for award-winning entertainment, look elsewhere.

The horror, supernatural movie Drag me to Hell is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong horror themes and violence)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 July 2009
Disc: 24 December 2009

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