Drag Me to Hell

Film, 2009

Raimi’s command over the scare is even stronger than it was before, and you really get the sense that he’s deliriously happy to finally be home in the horror genre. Not scary in a cerebral way but really scary in a reflex way, Drag Me to Hell doesn’t need a good script to deliver it’s own brand of absurd thrills. The film is way too glossy to ever actually be threatening; the colorful lighting and crisp picture are far too sterile to get under your skin the way Raimi’s earlier films did. And it could have used a more charismatic lead, but Lohman does a fine job. It may not be a meal, but Drag Me To Hell is really great snack food. 3.5

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