Rating: PG-13 (Language|Disturbing Images|Sequences of Horror Violence|Terror)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language: English
Director: Sam Raimi
Producer: Rob Tapert, Grant Curtis
Writer: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Release Date (Theaters):May 29, 2009 Wide
Release Date (Streaming):Sep 7, 2010
Box Office (Gross USA):$42.1M
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Co: Ghost House Pictures
Christine Brown played by Alison Lohman, has a loving boyfriend played by Justin Long, and a great job at a Los Angeles bank. But her heavenly life becomes hellish when, in an effort to impress her boss, she denies an old woman’s request for an extension on her home loan. In retaliation, the crone places a curse on Christine, threatening her soul with eternal damnation. Christine seeks a psychic’s help to break the curse, but the price to save her soul may be more than she can pay.
When I first saw this film, I didn’t know whether I should be scared or laugh. Sam Raimi, alongside with his brother Ivan created an iconic masterpiece in Drag me to hell. The Horror comedy was infused with nauseating gore, which made the film entertaining as hell. Horror movies with nasty old men is great but it’s refreshing to see one with a sweet vulnerable woman. It’s awesome to see a woman (which in horror films are usually the victim) play the strong female character. The typical jump scares balanced out with it’s comical view.
Christine Brown’s life began for the worse when she denied Mrs. Ganush an extension on a loan. During an altercation with Mrs. Ganush, she takes a button off of Chrstine Brown’s jacket and from there the gypsy curse or should I say her hell began. From Christine psyches out at work and with dinner with Clay Dalton’s parents, and Clay Dalton recruits an Indian-American mystic named Rham Jas (Dileep Rao) to fight on her side. Christine finds the Mrs. Ganush’s home to ask for forgiveness and only to find out, she had passed away.
In the end, Christine thought the curse was over until she’s on the train platform. Only to find out the curse never broke and she’s dragged to hell.
I always wondered why didn’t the Raimi brothers follow up with a sequel. In an interview with Bloody disgusting, Raimi says
“Oh, well, if somebody had a good story,” Raimi says, when we ask if he’d ever consider a follow-up. “I don’t have a story, because in my mind the character got killed, and worse. So I didn’t know how to proceed with the sequel.
“Usually, for me, I’m left with a character like Bruce Campbell, that I really am interested [in] or like, or a concept that really feels like it needs to continue,” Raimi added. “But this is such a definitive ending that in my mind I didn’t know where to start with a sequel.”
I have a few ideas starting out with Justin Long’s character Clay Dalton being haunted because the curse was passed on since now he has the button or maybe another girl who began dating Clay Dalton and now she’s being haunted by the gypsy woman. Overall this film is one to enjoy.