Movie Review: DRAG ME TO HELL (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

DRAG ME TO HELL was directed by Sam Rami from a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Sam Raimi and stars Allison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, David Paymer, Dileep Rao, Reggie Lee, Bojana Novakovic and Octavia Spencer.

Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is on her way to having it all: a devoted boyfriend (Justin Long), a hard-earned job promotion, and a bright future. But when she has to make a tough decision that evicts an elderly woman from her house, Christine becomes the victim of an evil curse. Now she has only three days to dissuade a dark spirit from stealing her soul before she is dragged to hell for an eternity of unthinkable torment.

Drag Me To Hell follows Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), a young woman who has a promising career as a loan officer at a Los Angeles bank and she has her loyal boyfriend Clay (Justin Long) by her side, so what could go wrong for this likable good girl? Well, she’s up for a promotion at the bank and has to show her boss that she can make the “hard decisions” and when she tells Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) that she can’t help her save her home, the old gypsy doesn’t take no for an answer so well so she puts a curse on Christine that threatens her soul with eternal damnation. The young woman immediately begins to see hints of the curse creeping up on her so she seeks out some help from Rham Jasof (Dileep Rao), a psychic that might know a way that the curse can be broken. Christine goes through pure agony trying to break free from this terrifying curse that the old crone placed on her and just when she thinks that she’s finally free – the doors of hell open up and finally collects her soul.

I remember going to the theater and watching this fun movie back in 2009 and thinking how happy I was that Sam Raimi had finally returned to the horror genre after his Spider-Man trilogy. Drag Me To Hell is a fast-paced supernatural thriller that’s loaded to the max with Raimi’s twisted sense of humor – and I love it! The filmmaker also throws in that old Delta 88 in all of his projects so the 1973 Oldsmobile gets a fun cameo in this one as well. Christine Brown isn’t a bad person at all and watching these terrifying things happen to her is kind of heartbreaking because she really doesn’t deserve all of this anguish but it’s also hilarious because it’s so over-the-top. Major kudos go out to Alison Lohman for being such a trooper because she was put through the ringer. There’s also Lorna Raver who plays the scary old crone to perfection and it’s amazing what this character puts Lohman’s through. As dark as the movie gets, it’s also really funny at times, especially in key scenes that get down right nasty. And speaking of nasty, whenever I see Greg Nicoterro‘s name in the credits I know there’s going to be some crazy cool makeup effects and his team really delivered for this classic.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the awesome all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. The unrated version disc matches the all-new artwork and the theatrical version disc matches the original artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. This release features new HD masters of the theatrical and unrated cuts, both taken from the 2K digital intermediate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Both versions of the movie look and sound pristine.

Bottom line is, Drag Me To Hell was already such a fun horror romp plus it’s one of my personal favorites from Sam Raimi and now Scream Factory has added their midas touch to this 2009 fan favorite. The story was interesting and it deals with a terrifying curse that this undeserving young woman has to deal with. Sam Raimi has his unique style of storytelling and this movie shows off some of his sickest and darkest sense of humor. It’s not a horror-comedy but the movie does have its funny moments courtesy of Raimi’s warped imagination that comes to life on screen. It’s tongue and cheek and completely over-the-top at times but that’s the trademark for a Sam Raimi project and it’s all extremely well executed. There’s some really good performances by this cast that did such a great job with these characters of theirs. All of the special effects looked so amazingly gross and it’s just what you’d expect from a Sam Raimi movie. Drag Me To Hell will be available on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on February 13th and is definitely worth adding to your Scream Factory collection.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: Unrated Version / PG-13 Version

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras on the first disc include some vintage production diaries, vintage interviews, two TV spots and the theatrical trailer. The extras on the second disc include three all-new interviews and a still gallery.

Disc One:

  • NEW HD master of the theatrical cut taken from the 2K digital intermediate
  • Production Diaries – with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with co- writer/director Sam Raimi, actors Allison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Dileep Rao, Lorna Raver, special effects guru Greg Nicotero, director of photography Peter Deming, and more… (35:09)
  • Vintage interviews with director Sam Raimi and actors Alison Lohman and Justin Long (33:37)
  • TV Spots (00:50)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:21)

Disc Two:

  • NEW HD master of the unrated cut taken from the 2K digital intermediate
  • NEW To Hell and Back – an interview with actress Alison Lohman (12:36)
  • NEW Curses! – an interview with actress Lorna Raver (15:58)
  • NEW Hitting All The Right Notes – an interview with composer Christopher Young (17:10)
  • Still Gallery (02:11)

 

 

 

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