Drag Me Is Hellish Good Fun

Sam Raimi returns to horror with flying colors
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 29, 2009 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) Drag Me to Hell is director Sam Raimi’s return to horror after a stint with Spidey—and he proves he's got the form down in the gruesome story of a cursed loan officer:

  • The film “does everything we want a horror film to do: It is fearsomely scary, wickedly funny and diabolically gross,” says Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times. “Raimi is having the time of his life—he knows exactly what he's doing with every scene and every scream.”

  • The film “is an eyeball-gouging lesson in how to make a genre flick and live to tell about it,” writes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. “It's not flawless, but its vulnerabilities don't linger because director Sam Raimi truly believes in what he's doing.”
  • It “has a tonic playfulness that’s unabashedly retro, an indulgent return to Mr. Raimi’s goofy, gooey roots,” notes Jeannette Catsoulis in the New York Times. It may not be a “masterpiece,” but “the movie has a crackpot vitality that breaches our defenses.”