Old-school quality horror

June 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm (Reviews)

With Drag Me to Hell, Sam Raimi does exactly as promised: he delivers 90 minutes of intense old-school horror. No gore, no blood, no torture, no stupid people chased by angry killers. Just your plain-old spooky story of a curse, of spirits, haunted houses, boo moments and creaky doors. Except for the close-up on an iPhone, there’s nothing that sets this movie in our time. It looks and (most importantly) feels like an 80’s horror flick, when there wasn’t the sadistical need of today’s films to get people frightened. A well-shot scene of windy leaves and weird noises can still do the trick.

What I really liked about this film is how Sam Raimi really doesn’t try anything fancy. He pays tribute to what he loves, and he loves doing it. A good script, good actors and high production values in the hands of a director who knows how to shoot a spooky scene? Cannot go wrong with that. Drag Me to Hell is a sure winner for everyone who enjoys a good classic horror flick, and doesn’t need R-rated violence to feel at least a little bit uneasy.

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