Drag Me To Hell is a movie that I’ve been wanting to watch for a while now. In true Sam Raimi fashion he combines horror with a little bit of campy & gross humour. Written by Sam and his brother Ivan, this movie watched during the late night (between 2am and 4am) was good enough for quite a few scares and a few laughs. I love horror movies and ones that can get a jump from me is ‘Great’ in my book. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the movie and would recommend it t everyone.
The movie starts out in 1969, setting a back story for the film, in which a Mexican brings their young son to a medium, Shaun San Dena, as he says he is seeing monsters. The young boy was cursed by a gypsy and during the seance an unseen force called the lamia attacks the group and drags the screaming boy into a fiery pit. 40 years later Christine Brown, a bank loan officer desperate to get a promotion, tries to please her boss by making a tough decision and rejecting an old woman’s request for extension on her mortgage. The old woman, Mrs. Danush, pleads that she could lose her house. Despite feeling guilty, Christine rejects the request. Later in the parking lot, Mrs. Danush attacks Christine and in some weirdly bizzare way freaks out us viewers. You gotta see it to believe it. The old hag walks off with a button off from Christine’s coat and recites an evil spell.
Shaken & confused Christine & her boyfriend Clay Dalton visit an Indian seer, Rham Jas, who tells her that she is haunted by the lamia , cursed by the old woman. The lamia is a demon that will torment her for three days before taking her to Hell. At her home, Christine is attacked by the spirit and has nightmares about Ganush. At work the next day, Christine snaps at one of her co-workers and has a projectile nosebleed that soaks her boss in blood. Christine tries to meet Mrs. Danush at her home to ask for fo0rgiveness only to find out that she has died. A gruesome and funny accident occurs at the wake and he suggests a sacrifice to appease the demon. The next day, the Lamia returns and thrashes Christine around her bedroom. Desperate to stop the attacks, Christine sacrifices her pet kitten. At a dinner party with Clay and his parents, she is again tormented by the Lamia, which frightens the Daltons.
Christine goes back to Rham Jas who agrees to help her buy arranging a seance to get rid of the lamia. It costs her $10000 to get a much older Shaun San Dena for the seance. Shaun prepares a spell to trap the lamia into a goat and kill it. The lamis possess Shaun first and after it vows to not stop until it gets Christine, it then enters the goat’s body as Christine places Shaun’s hand on the head of the goat. an Dena’s assistant, Milos, attempts to kill the goat, but is instead bitten by the goat and in turn becomes possessed, attacking the members of the séance. San Dena banishes the Lamia from the séance, but dies in the process. Rham Jas seals the cursed button in an envelope and then tells her that the only way to get rid of the curse is to give the accursed item to someone as a gift, thereby passing the curse on to that person.
With guidance from Rham Jas, Christine learns that she can give it to Ganush, even though she is dead. Christine drives to the cemetery where she is buried and digs up her grave. In a torrential downpour, Christine jams the envelope in Ganush’s mouth. However the next day, as Christine & Clay go to the railways station to go on a trip, she is horrified to note that she put the wrong envelop in Ganush’s mouth and Clay has the cursed button instead. Christine is stunned and stumbles onto the tracks and just before a train can hit her, fiery hands burst from the ground under the tracks. Clay can only watch in horror as Christine is dragged down into Hell to burn for eternity.
Scary in some scenes, this movie actually managed to make me jump at times and laugh out loud at some of the grossness. The old lady’s false teeth, so yucky and dripping with mucus and then her toothless mouth clamping on Christine’s chin and so much yucky stuff. I loved it. This is the bastard child of the Evil Dead movies! 8 outta 10!