Drag Me To Hell: Collector’s Edition
review by Bobby Blakey
Shout Factory continues to bring the old school horror to the next generation through their Scream Facotry brand. The latest getting the Collector’s Edition treatment is the Sam Rami’s 2009 return to Horror Drag Me To Hell, but does it hold up or will it be a possession not worth exercising?
Drag Me To Hell follows Christine Brown, a loans officer at a bank that is worried about her lot in life. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt. These possession flicks more often than not fail to deliver, but Sam Rami set the tone for a cheesy fun side of the genre with his Evil Dead series. This film, while not as full of cheese felt like a return to that form and is a lot of fun.
I remember when this came out and he had just come off his run on Spider-man so fans weren’t sure if he still had the horror bug in him, but he wasted no time showcasing his return to the genre. There isn’t anything here that is scary or anything, but there are some moments that some will likely find creepy. There are so many moments that showcase the same style from the Evil Dead series, but with a clearly bigger budget. I loved that he went with so many silly chees moments here without going full on silly. The cast were fine, but nothing that really stands out. With a short run time it manages to not only squeeze in plenty of silly fun while wasting little time to get to the point all leading up to a satisfying end.
This is one of those films that isn’t for everyone and I have to be honest I figured it wouldn’t hold up at all, but I really had a great time. In addition to the film this edition features a ton of bonus content including interviews, trailers, featurettes and both theatrical and unrated versions of the film. Grab your copy of Drag Me To Hell Collector’s Edition when it hits Blu-ray on February 13th from Shout Factory.
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