ARCHIVE REVIEW: Drag Me to Hell

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Drag Me to Hell
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written by: Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi (screenplay)
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, and Adriana Barraza

Horror comedy may be the most difficult genres to mix together successfully.  You wouldn’t think that, as these days horror movies like the Saw series are laughable and the endlessly cliched comedies become more horrendous.  Sam Raimi, however, has proven himself a master of the genre.

Before he “sold out” (brought life) to the first two Spider Man movies, he was nothing more than a low-budget director of horror comedies that collected a cult following that included some unashamed critics.  With Drag Me to Hell marking his return to that genre, consider me one of the recently unashamed.

Not only is this one of the funniest films of 2009, it’s also one of the grossest and even scariest.  With most directors, you either lean on the horror or the comedy, but Mr. Raimi walks the tight rope of both and succeeds admirably.  His film is relentlessly entertaining.

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