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"Drag Me To Hell" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

Drag Me to HellSynopsis

Evil Dead. Army of Darkness. Drag Me To Hell. Sam Raimi's latest campy horror flic fits well with his previous movies.  A tale of a young girl  working as a loan officer who gets cursed by a creepy old gypsy, Mrs. Ganush, because she doesn't give the old hag a THIRD extension on her mortgage. Tough luck old lady, life sucks and we all have issues. Maybe you should have made your payments! The girl, Christine (Alison Lohman), denies the gypsy the extension in an effort to gain a promotion from her boss.  Christine is stalked by Mrs. Ganush in the parking lot and an intense fight goes down. Mrs. Ganush removes a button from Christine's coat, curses it, returns the button to her and vanishes. Later, while going home with her psychologist boyfriend, Clay Dalton (Justin Long), they pass by the fortune teller Rham Jas, and Christine decides to consult him. He advises Christine that she has the cursed Lamia, the Black Goat, upon her.  She hears voices, gets tossed around by shadowy beasts and all sorts of creepy stuff.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 39 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer
  • Directed by Sam Raimi
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  • Violence: Horror
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Moderate

Commentary

This film is filled with vomit, blood, goats, and mud.  Really everything a good horror movie should have.  It's not a movie to be taken seriously and that's pretty apparent from the get-go as the intro to the movie is pretty cheesy, but in a good way.  I definitely enjoyed the movie and it is certainly worth a rental.  Popcorn is a must during this flick! The movie IS Sam Raimi and it's a return to what he does best.  If you are a fan of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, then this Drag Me To Hell Blu-Ray disc belongs on your shelf right next to them. Beautiful video and superb audio make this fun movie worth buying.

Technical

Top notch quality again from Universal.  The video quality is sharp and detailed while retaining that natural film-like quality. The colors are accurate and have a good pop to them, without looking like an oversaturated LCD an display at the local mega-electronics store.  It is about as close to a perfect transfer as you can get. Superb demo disc for a surround system.  Horror flics often use the aural sense to create shock and tension. A quiet scene and a close up shot of the main character (Christine in this case, played by the lovely Alison Lohman) creates the tension, You know something is behind her, out of the shot, you are expecting it.. Then BAM! loud and I mean LOUD creaks and groans from the house fill your home theater, making you jump out of your seat.  Terrific dynamic range on this DTS HD lossless track.  The sound mix uses the full 360 degrees to pull you into the frightfest.  Your subs will get a good workout from this movie and in a good way.  Even Christopher Young's score comes through clearly with excellent soundstage and depth.

Extras

Production Video Diaries hosted by, unfortunately, Justin Long, this series of shorts does not do the movie justice. Maybe they are waiting for a Super Deluxe Hellfire Edition for all the meat and potatoes? The disc also contains BD-Live and DBOX support. You also get a separate disc with a digital copy of the movie.