Friday, October 28, 2011

Drag Me to Hell-A Year Later

Surely seeing Drag Me to Hell is a new Halloween tradition for me. I saw it this time last year for the first time and fell in love with it. Now a year later I think it's one of the most effective horror films of all time. This is pure greatness we're dealing with here. The effect was similar the second time around. I was giddy and laughing and horrified and really able to forget, at least for a while, the Rangers' game seven loss to St. Louis in the World Series. A few observations: the film is very funny, but it isn't a horror comedy. Raimi really has a great sense of moving forward with the narrative. He often shocks the viewer with unique and creative situations, often concerning mouths, and then moves on as if nothing had happened. It gives the movie a natural feel and shows Raimi as a master rather than a veteran trying too hard to prove he can still make a good scary movie. Some of the best parts of the film are the ones that aren't meant to be frightening. Take Raimi's depiction of the bank office, how it's run, and the people who work in it. Everything about it is so real. Raimi puts a lot of stock into this bank. After all, the film's plot unfolds around an old lady who is refused a much-needed loan. And perhaps the movie's best scene takes place at the boyfriend's wealthy parents' house. I won't mention the details, but it's all dead on perfect. One can't help but feel bad for the girl in the film. She's so human and understandable, not like the typical dumb females that occupy so many horror films. Bottom line: Drag Me to Hell equals being dragged to heaven. Movie heaven.

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