The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown, October 10: Drag Me to Hell
Thus far, we've featured films from Carpenter, Craven, Cronenberg, Hooper and other masters of Horror but no month-long celebration of all that is scare-tastic would be complete without one name synonymous with the genre: Raimi. The Evil Dead trilogy's impact and influence is immeasurable (spoiler alert: so much so that you'll likely see it appear on this very list soon) not to mention Darkman, Crimewave and of course who could forget his most recent gore-filled, gross-out gem 2009's Drag Me to Hell. Apparently, a lot of people as the film didn't quite catch on with general moviegoers...but amongst us hardcore Horror nerds, it was a long awaited return to form for the auteur of atrocity. Not to mention terrifyingly hilarious and hilariously terrifying in only a camp-filled way that Sam Raimi could pull off with finesse.
I will never forget the first time I saw Drag Me to Hell. Midnight. Paramount Theater. Austin, Texas. SXSW 2009. In an audience comprised of the likes of Danny McBride and others notable names. I was amongst the first pairs of eyes to set upon the then unfinished product with a wonderful introduction by Mr. Raimi himself. But on that night, we were all just Sam fans eagerly awaiting his triumphant strike back to the genre he so shaped. I had never had a movie-going experience like it and have yet to have another since. It was, in a word, magical.
If you haven't yet seen Drag Me to Hell (which I imagine will eventually obtain classic status), turn out all the lights and turn it on. It is an experience that can be equally enjoyed in a theater with a crowd-full or at home. In fact, it may be one of those rare Horror films that is better in the latter. Just make sure you don't turn it up too loud and piss off your elderly Gypsy neighbor.
Most Memorable Scene:
Three words: "Here, kitty, kitty." (If you haven't seen the film, don't ruin this for yourself by watching it out of context. Trust me.)
The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown October 1: Halloween October 2: Antichrist October 3: Student Bodies October 4: Poltergeist October 5: Jaws October 6: Suspiria October 7: Scream October 8: The Fly October 9: Dead Alive
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