When a bank employee refuses to grant an old woman another extension on her mortgage payment, she becomes the victim of a terrifying, supernatural curse.
Drag Me To Hell is a lot of fun. In addition to great atmospheric tension and some very effective jump scares, there is a strong streak of humour running throughout. Director Sam Raimi brings us the same hybrid of slapstick and gore that was so noticeable in his Evil Dead trilogy. Some of the violence here is certainly shocking, but it's also amusingly (and knowingly) very cartoon-like in places. On top of that, there are many gooey set pieces designed to surprise the audience and make them squirm in their seats. Let's just say vomit, eyeballs, dentures, and maggots for starters. At times, you're not sure whether to laugh out loud, or hide behind the sofa cushion.
Visually the film is very interesting - as well as some effectively disorientating camera angles, there's a creative use of light and creepy shadows that reminds me of Nosferatu (1922). CGI is used throughout, though to be fair it's mostly well done and not all of it is obvious, and the film uses a great deal of practical effects too. The two work well together here, and didn't take me out of the movie once.
I really liked the make-up, particularly with the old lady, Mrs Ganush - and by the way, the actress playing her has the uncanny skill of making you feel pity for her character, and terrified of her at the same time! The set design is impressive, with great attention to detail. And the foley is particularly noteworthy - someone seems to have had a lot of fun providing all the slobbery, icky noises at certain points in the film.
Overall this is a horror movie that alternates between making you scared and making you laugh, in the best possible way. There are sequences and elements that could easily have come from the Evil Dead films, along with the same wonderful dark humour. I thought Drag Me To Hell was very entertaining and I enjoyed watching it very much. 4/5