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A return to the days of old-school horror.

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It seems that most horror films in 2009 follow the same strict formula: a group of stupid kids goes camping, or go on a road trip, sometimes scouting reefer and sometimes not. These trips always lead to some forest or town in the middldrag-me-to-helle of nowhere, and in that town there is a psycho killer with mommy issues waiting in the wings to slaughter anything they see. We’ve seen it all before. Every new horror movie comes out and seems to have this same formula – it’s no wonder we get so bored with the movies, and with the horror genre as a whole! The killings get more and more inventive, but it seems that most horror directors and producers supplement their crappy storylines and dialogue with so much gore that it’s all moviegoers talk about. The horror genre needs a reboot.

Sam Raimi has made his mark in Hollywood by directing films such as the Spider-Man series, The Evil Dead, and Army of Darkness. His most recent release, Drag Me to Hell, breaks down the boundaries set by most modern horror films and brings campy violence (think Dead Alive) and fresh storylines back to horror films. Released to DVD on October 18, Drag Me to Hell stars Alison Lohman and “Apple guy” Justin Long.

Lohman plays loan officer Christine Brown, who becomes cursed after being ordered to evict an old woman named Mrs. Ganush from her home. That old woman turns out to be a gypsy, and through losing a button on her coat, Christine becomes the recipient of a curse which turns the next three days of her life upside down. She does everything she can to save her own soul, and is constantly pushed further and further by the curse of Lamia, the Black Goat. The curse not only affects Christine, but her life with psychologist boyfriend Clay Dalton, and as the story progresses, so do the affects of the curse.

The storyline is new and original in a sea of remakes and ultraviolence, and the campy violence is a welcome return to the films of the 70’s and 80’s, before CGI took over and made everything awful for the horror genre. If you’re looking to revisit the days of horror beyond us, pick up Drag Me to Hell. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.


Written by Liz Van Pay

October 23, 2009 at 2:54 am

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  1. This is totally true. Not since the Ring have I enjoyed a horror movie as much as Drag Me To Hell. It’s especially pretty on blu-ray. I think that might be what’s gonna happen tonight. Yay.


    October 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm


      Liz Van Pay

      December 30, 2009 at 12:41 am

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