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The Buzz

 

     Writers Sam and Ivan Raimi pair up with director Sam Raimi to make a classic shock horror film starring Alison Lohman and Justin Long in the style of classic Sam Raimi. Hits tons of tropes ranging from gypsy curses, house cat sacrifice, and a foul-mouth possessed goat. Although it has powerful subtext if you're looking for it (as all worthwhile horror movies should), it never takes itself seriously and produces tons of genuine laughs as well as creep-out and gross-out horror. This may be the most competent PG-13 horror movie ever produced, and it is one of my favorites.

 

The Life of the Party

 

     The Raimi brothers clearly had a good time putting this movie together. While most modern horror movies rely on gore and the element of SURPRISE (shittily for the most part, I should add), Drag Me to Hell really shows how unnecessary the nonsense is when you cut to basics; suspense and making the audience feel uncomfortable. The film very rapidly shows you that you can't get settled watching it. Things get dragged from fine to hell in seconds, making it a total OH SHIT cinematic experience. It's never brutally violent, but absolutely has some upsetting moments; even if you are a horror snob like we tend to be here at Tanked Matinee. There are tons of situations in this movie that made me laugh harder than I frequently do at comedies; in my opinion, that's the best route to go with horror movies (see also; Shaun of the Dead). And instead of violence being the factor that unsettles the audience, it's sheer, 90s Nickelodeon-style gross-out horror. I lost track at the number of really gross things that shouldn't go into mouths that go into Lohman's mouth during the movie's 100 minute runtime.

 


She has got the weirdest period...

 

Potential Hangovers

 

     Anyone who likes horror movies for gore effects is going to be disappointed by this movie if that's the reason they're watching it. The effects are definitely top-notch for what Raimi was trying to do, but this is a PG-13 throwback to 70s “devil's coming to get ya” era horror. Which means lots of shots of characters walking around softly looking for evil things while the orchestra plays WE ARE BUILDING SUSPENSE BACK HERE music in the background. In that regard, it can seem a little one-note at points, but then the movie goes balls-out frenetic at others, so in my opinion, it balances out. The plot is also really old-school and simple; girl does things that cause her to get cursed and she attempts to get uncursed. If you're looking for Rosemary's Baby or El Orfanato, you may not really get into this film that much, but at the same time it does have good subtext about attempting to escape your past at someone else's expense and getting horrible results from it, so if you're looking for it, this movie has a solid amount of intelligence to it. Also, there's no nudity, so if you look forward to that in horror movies, you might be better served checking out Al's new series Roger CorMANIA here on the site for suggestions.

 


*snicker* Dude... check out how high that goat is...

 

The Vibe: Girl's Night, Casual Gathering, Large Party

     No one should be surprised by the second and third recommended environments for this movie because it's a fairly simple horror movie that is easy to follow while people are talking, but bombastic enough to grab the entire room's attention at parts they ought to see. On top of that, the settings are really obvious and you don't need words to see what is going on (at home asleep, at the fortune teller, at work, etc.). The real recommendation I have for this movie is for women who love horror movies. I first saw this with my sister (check out her blog sally is serious.) and she absolutely loved it. Justin Long plays an awesome, empathetic support character, but in the end, the whole movie is about Lohman vs. herself and the gypsy woman's curse. It's gross-out, but not anything that sticks with you for more than the length of the scene, making it closer to a full-length, fast-cut Tales from the Crypt than The Descent. So yes, I recommend this move not just for parties, but for girl's night specifically, because there really aren't a ton of horror movies that seem to be woman-centric (Silent Hill kindof is, but I definitely would not recommend it for the same audience). So get some friends together, get some drinks; you should be cringing and laughing at Drag Me to Hell this weekend!

 

Plus/Minus

 

+ Great cinematography

+ Very well acted

+ Genuinely funny/unsettling

+ A gypsy curse movie in this millennium!

- Plot may seem formulaic on the surface

- Old-school presentation may turn off some viewers

 

Drink when:

 

Someone says Lamia (the demon) or some version of it appears onscreen

The gypsy woman shows up onscreen

You get grossed out

(Hard Mode) Take a shot of something gross when something gross goes into the lead's mouth

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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