Late to the Scary Movies! A review of Drag Me to Hell

Late to the Scary Movies! A review of Drag Me to Hell

Milos: I don’t want your cat, you dirty pork queen!

I haven’t seen many newer horror movies that I’ve liked. I didn’t like Saw(s) (although there were really excellent deaths). I didn’t like Paranormal Activity. I barely appreciate Final Destination (although it is very funny to watch). So I was a bit apprehensive to watch Drag Me to Hell, but added it to the Scary Movie October list after many of my cinephile friends recommended it.

I wound up enjoying Drag Me to Hell a lot more than I assumed I would but, um, it’s a dark comedy. I mean… it’s campy and cheesy as hell and features a possessed, talking goat and an old antagonist who needs better denture glue. Are there people who walked out of this movie feeling like this was terrifying? Because I got that impression from SOMEBODY and… no. Of course there were a few scares (always involving that old gypsy popping out of nowhere) but I found myself giggling more than I was jumping from fright. It felt more like Heathers or Cannibal the Musical than any sort of scary movie. AND that’s fine, I just had different expectations.

A few issues I had:

  1. I am not an Alison Lohman fan. As expected, I thought she was a let down in this movie. She was fine playing a tortured soul but she had several potentially amazing one-liners in this movie and when she delivered them they were awkward and completely out of the blue. Even the grave and mud scene was bizarre. I think I would have liked another actress in this role. I know the character was supposed to waver between being a good person and being a selfish person but it was all very contrived and very annoying to me.
  2. I ended up missing the kitten sacrifice scene altogether. Yes, there is an adorable kitten and yes, it gets murdered. I had to stop the movie when I sensed this was coming along and Kevin (whose job is to now pre-screen movies for animal killings) had to fast forward through the entire scene for me. I heard it was funny and I heard that you don’t actually see anything, so I may go back and watch it. But I felt it was important to make that note.
  3. If I’m going to see an intentionally campy film then I want to see horribly bad special effects. It felt weird watching the CGI gore in this case. And I can’t get scared by a haunt that bitchslaps Lohman when I’d really like to do the same.
I thought the plot was predictable but fine, because I actually liked the ending even though I saw it coming a mile away. Overall, I probably won’t watch again. I would love to know why people rave about it so much, so definitely leave a comment if you like it. I think I finished the movie a little more confused than anything.

Face palm moment: Justin Long‘s cry face at the end. Scarier than most of the movie.

Favorite part: Probably the fight scene in the car, although the gypsy gumming Lohman’s mouth grossed me out a ton.

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: N/A

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): 1/10? I don’t consider this to be a classic that I was really missing out on. I’d say that about most recent movies though.

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