Christine Brown (Alison Lohman, Officer Downe) is on her way to having it all: a devoted boyfriend (Justin Long, Jeepers Creepers), a hard-earned job promotion, and a bright future. But when she has to make a tough decision that evicts an elderly woman from her house, Christine becomes the victim of an evil curse. Now she has only three days to dissuade a dark spirit from stealing her soul before she is dragged to hell for an eternity of unthinkable torment. –Shoutfatory.com
When Sam Raimi returned to the horror genre with Drag Me to Hell, some fans were disappointed due to the PG13 rating. Fortunately, a talented horror director can make high effective movies, without having to jam a bunch of stuff in to qualify for the R. I remember a pretty strong divide between fans. Some claimed to hate it, while others absolutely loved it. I fall into the latter. I think Drag Me to Hell is one of Sam’s best movies. I also love all things Evil Dead, so I know nothing will ever top that. But I have to say, DMTH is a strong contender. Rather than squeezing a bunch of gore into the movie, Sam chose to make the film a little more disgusting, and did so with gross-out effects gags. Bodily fluids fly around, always landing in somebody’s mouth.
One thing you’ll notice is that Raimi still enjoys putting actors through Hell. Granted, Alison Lohman didn’t go through the ringer nearly as much as Bruce Campbell, but she certainly endured a lot. From nasty bodily fluids being constantly hurled into her face and mouth, to hanging upside down suspended by a wire from the ceiling and flung across the room, and maggots being spit into her mouth, it’s safe to say that she was put through a lot, and it adds so much to the movie. If you’re familiar with Raimi’s horror work, all of his traits are present in Drag Me to Hell. Sam has a knack for blending the morbid and disgusting, with slapstick humor. There are lots of subtly hilarious moments throughout the film, blended perfectly with goofball comedy. A lot of filmmakers try to emulate this style, but very few are successful. It’s hard to make a solid horror/comedy, because a lot of those movies are just not good. Thankfully, if you see Sam Raimi’s director’s credit on movies like this, you can be sure that it will be excellent.
Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film is fantastic. Sourced from a new HD master, we have both versions of the movie –Theatrical and UNRATED– the AVC encoded 1080p transfer is presented in 2.40:1. The quality is crystal clear, and unless I missed something, I saw absolutely zero issues with the video quality. Of equal quality is the audio track. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track rocked my surround setup. The sound clarity is as good as it gets. I was really happy to learn that Scream factory would be releasing this film, as I have wanted to revisit it for a while, and my current movie storage method doesn’t lend itself to finding a specific Blu-ray. Now that I have the definitive version of the movie, I can sell my old copy, you know, if I ever find it. Also included in the package is loaded with a good deal of extras. See a complete listing of extras below. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release will be available on February 13th. If you pre-ordered from the Shout! webite, you’ll probably be receiving your copy early, with little over two weeks remaining. If you haven’t ordered it yet, please visit the Shout! Factory’s website.
- NEW HD Master Of The Theatrical Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
- Production Diaries – With Behind-the-scenes Footage And Interviews With Co-writer/director Sam Raimi, Actors Allison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Dileep Rao, Lorna Raver, Special Effects Guru Greg Nicotero, Director Of Photography Peter Deming, And More (35 Minutes)
- Vintage Interviews With Director Sam Raimi And Actors Alison Lohman And Justin Long (33 Minutes)
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- NEW HD Master Of The Unrated Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
- NEW To Hell And Back – An Interview With Actress Alison Lohman (12 Minutes)
- NEW Curses! – An Interview With Actress Lorna Raver (16 Minutes)
- NEW Hitting All The Right Notes – An Interview With Composer Christopher Young (17 Minutes)
- Still Gallery