Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Sam Raimi directs Alison Lohman, Justin Long and Lorna Raver in this horror comedy where a bank employee is cursed by a gypsy.

Whatever happened to Alison Lohman? Wikipedia says she retired after making a dozen films, a quarter of which (Matchstick Men, Where The Truth Lies, this) feature stalwart lead turns by her. Then nothing. If she wanted to raise a family away from Hollywood then more power to her. The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Emma Stone all chipped in some bribe money so she would take an early bow, freeing up the paucity of decent female roles to a smaller pool of talents? She’s dauntless here as the loan officer (Boo! Hiss!) put through the ringer by a demon who is set to take her soul. Raimi is back in his Evil Dead comedy horror element. If he can cover his heroine in gloop or ick, he does so with abandon, pretty much every other scene. Half the production budget must have been spent on slime. He doesn’t lay on the credit crunch poetic justice of the curse’s terms, small print and loopholes too thick but clearly there is some glee in abusing a finance worker so physically, emotionally and bureaucratically. The film isn’t quite as relentless as I remember from 10 years ago and, as good as the set pieces are, nearly all of them are punctured by interruptions of very weak CGI. In the main though this is still a superior ghoulish ride – and because violence is trumped by spraying fluids and shadowy stalking – one that would be suitable for cautious teens looking to dip their toe into horror for the first time.

8

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