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Drag Me To Hell: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review


“Drag Me To Hell” is not one of Sam Raimi’s best.

In “Drag Me To Hell,” the story revolves around a young woman named Christine who seems to have a bright future ahead of her as she’s got a nice boyfriend and a good job. That all changes, however, when she decides to evict an old gypsy woman (Sylvia) who, in turn, gets revenge against Christine by cursing her. From there on out, Christine’s life becomes seriously messed up as an evil demon haunts her, surreal supernatural nastiness begins to occur, and, oh yea, she is probably going to hell. Can Christine stop the madness from happening or is she doomed?

As a big fan of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” trilogy and films like “A Simple Plan,” I was excited to see the filmmaker return to his horror roots back when “Drag Me To Hell” was initially released in 2009. Unfortunately, the film’s weird mix of horror and humor didn’t work for me then and it doesn’t work for me 9 years later. Now, I know that the film has amassed a cult of fans, but I just think the film is a tonal nightmare. The horror isn’t scary, there’s a mean-spirited vibe throughout the entire runtime, and, worst of all, the over-the-top humor just comes across as embarrassing unless you enjoy things such as a talking goat, an extreme bloody nose, an arm in a mouth, and a cat being vomited up.

Another major problem with ‘Drag’ is that there’s no real surprises story wise. Heck, the cover art gives away what happens! Sure, you can say it’s about the journey not the destination, but the journey to get there is simply not worth taking.

Note: Viewers have the option of playing the unrated or theatrical cuts of the film.


Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? Both cuts of the film look sharp in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality audio track to be sure.

Extras: “Drag Me To Hell” TV spots and trailer, 33 minutes of interviews with Sam Raimi, Alison Lohman, and Justin Long, the 35 minute “Production Diaries: Behind-The-Scenes Footage And Interviews With The Cast And Crew,” still gallery, “To Hell And Back: An Interview With Actress Alison Lohman” (a brand new extra), “Curses! An Interview With Actress Lorna Raver” (a charming new interview), and “Hitting All The Right Notes: An Interview With Composer Christopher Young” (another new interview).

February 16, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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