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#419677 - 05/28/09 05:33 AM 'Drag Me To Hell'
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Sam Raimi got his mojo back big time You'll laugh! , you'll jump!!! , you'll spend a fair bit of time going 'eeeewww!!'

You will also come out of the cinema praying that he will finally confirm Evil Dead 4 will go ahead.

Go see it, its his best film since Evil Dead 2.
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#419678 - 05/28/09 05:19 PM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Cord]
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Seeing it tomorrow! Huge sam raimi fan.....
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#419679 - 06/06/09 02:05 PM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: gojuwarrior1]
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I saw it and I liked it, but better than Army of Darkness? You, good sir, must be high.
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#419680 - 06/06/09 02:50 PM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: rideonlythelabel]
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Infinitely better than Army Of Darkness.

I love all 3 'Dead' movies, but where 1 and 2 manage to do more with less money, Army of Darkness was an exercise in the vision being greater than the resources. That is the antithesis of what Raimi was about back in the day. Add to that that they got the scare to laugh ratio badly wrong (ie. no scares whatsoever), and its a marvelous, entertaining failure.

Drag Me to Hell is very much in the spirit of Evil Dead 2, it returns the gross and the 'jumps', whilst balancing out the slapstick.

it his his best film since Evil Dead 2, and sets a perfect tone for 'ED 4' to emulate.
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#419681 - 06/06/09 07:37 PM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Cord]
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As good as Evil Dead 2? I'm sold!!!

About the only thing worth seeing right now, this thread has convinced me, as long as the wifey doesn't get too squeamish.

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#419682 - 06/07/09 03:05 AM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Zach_Zinn]
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Evil Dead 2 is still a better movie, it has too many iconic moments, and Bruce Campbell, so its a tough act to beat.

But DMTH sees Raimi return to his inventive camera angles, and that quirky timing of the jolting moments that make them work. The lead actress is also quite good at the physical action/comedy, so it gets away with losing the 'Ash factor'.

As for squeamish wives, there are plenty of 'eeuurgh!' moments, it is really gross, but its all done with such black humour, and is so far removed from the 'reality' grind of the 'Saw' and 'Hostel' type movies, that it almost has an innocence about it.

Its the first film to make me jump in my seat at the movies in well over a decade, and it made me laugh out loud more often than any stand alone comedy film has done probably since 'Naked Gun'.

Its just a great, 90 minute 'Ghost train' ride at the fair
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#419683 - 06/07/09 04:02 AM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Cord]
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Daughter seen it Friday night and didn't like it; but she's 16. I will leave my judgment till I see it.
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#419684 - 06/07/09 05:44 AM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Dereck]
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Yeah, at 16, i would think her experience of horror movies would be the recent slew of glossy remakes starring teen heart throb types, or the post Se7en, mainstream 'torture-porn' genre like Saw, Hostel, and their many immitators.

DMTH is really a love letter from Raimi to his long-time fans. Loads of little details will delight long time Evil Dead fans, yet go completely over the heads of those who think of Raimi as 'that spiderman guy'.

It's just not a 'normal' film. You can't compare it to anything other than other Raimi horror movies. If you loved the Evil Dead movies, then I would be suprised if you didnt enjoy this. If you didnt like the Evil Dead series, then this will not convert you to Raimi's style of storytelling.
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#419685 - 06/07/09 06:09 AM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Cord]
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I loved it. I was a big ED fan and I loved this film too.

It had some pretty gross moments in it but it had some good laughs too.

I agree with Cord, I think it is one of the best horror movies in years. I loved the story; it was set in modern times, but it had the feel of an old world fable. I also enjoyed the main characters plight. The film, although entertaining in the extreme, also asked some time old questions without patronizing the audience. For example, the protagonist in the story does bad things, but is she a bad person who deserves eternal torment?
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#419686 - 06/07/09 02:10 PM Re: 'Drag Me To Hell' [Re: Cord]
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Infinitely better than Army Of Darkness.

I love all 3 'Dead' movies, but where 1 and 2 manage to do more with less money, Army of Darkness was an exercise in the vision being greater than the resources. That is the antithesis of what Raimi was about back in the day. Add to that that they got the scare to laugh ratio badly wrong (ie. no scares whatsoever), and its a marvelous, entertaining failure.

Drag Me to Hell is very much in the spirit of Evil Dead 2, it returns the gross and the 'jumps', whilst balancing out the slapstick.

it his his best film since Evil Dead 2, and sets a perfect tone for 'ED 4' to emulate.




I was not aware that there was a sacred laughs to scares ratio that had to be respected. If you mean truer to the tone of the early Sam Raimi movies, sure you're right, but army of darkness was funnier and a lot more entertaining than DMTH. I guess we are comparing apples and oranges here, because we are comparing funny vs scary, but what it boils down to is this; would I rather watch AOD or DMTH? Army of darkness by a country mile. Also, Bruce Campbell is my light and my salvation.

On a related note; I saw the new Star Trek and I was thoroughly underwhelmed.
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