June 7, 2009

Drag Me To Hell. No, really. I mean it.

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I couldn't get anyone to go see Drag Me To Hell with me. Granted, the posters looked terrifying. But Drag Me To Hell is delightful as a horror movie. And nothing to be scared of.

Alison Lohman stars as a young bank loan officer who gets cursed by a needy customer. What follows is a little scary, but mostly awesome. In fact, I think I can safely say that Drag Me To Hell has the best girl fight in horror film history. (I can't think of any others that I've seen off the top of my head, but I'm sure they're there, and I'm sure they're not as good as this one. Maybe.)

Warren P. Cheswick... I mean Justin Long plays the dependable boyfriend and convincingly, will do anything for the girl he loves. He is innocent and young, but stalwart in his love for the girl that most guys would have ditched after the first time she started screaming at her cake during dinner.

The storyline plays out moments of humor at just the right times, to release the stress of the horror. It's really the perfect horror movie. The great balance of evil spirits, romance, grit, fight, triumph and funny.

I've seen a few horror movies - they are not my favorite - but I can appreciate when one is done well. I think Shawn Levy of the Oregonian said that Drag Me To Hell was more goopy than gory. Totally right on. My gag reflexes were on orange alert level during this movie. But nothing that a hand over the eyes and fingers in the ears will not solve. And the blood was minimal.

I'm going to go ahead and name this my favorite horror movie ever. Oh. Except I haven't seen Carrie yet and I kind of want to see that before I make any final decisions. So I'll say that Drag Me To Hell is my tentative favorite horror movie, pending a viewing of Carrie.

Should you see it? HELL YES. (Get it? HELL?)
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Alyssa said...

I look back fondly on our days of watching Ed while living in West Linn. Warren P. Cheswick was the best part.