Happy 31 days of Halloween!
This year, we’re celebrating with a different movie pick each day that made us audibly gasp, “WHAT THE FUCK?!“
On our 23rd day of Halloween, we’re going with Drag Me to Hell (2009). The whole damn movie. Yep, the entire thing. Co-written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi and directed by Sam Raimi, you knew it would be a good time. And it’s Sam Raimi’s birthday, this 23rd day of Halloween! After denying an elderly woman an extension on her mortgage, a young loan officer (Alison Lohman) finds herself on the receiving end of a supernatural curse.
I found Drag Me to Hell late one night and couldn’t have been more surprised and thrilled. From the start, I knew that if there was a curse on a child, there was no limit to where this all was headed. Christine has a cute boyfriend (Justin Long) and is hard-working but timid in her profession. She comes from a poor background and tries to escape the “farm girl” in herself. Not that there’s anything wrong with it; it’s just not for her anymore. Her boss doesn’t think much of her and is even willing to have her train a new guy with less experience. She needs to do this for a promotion that should already be hers!
Christine decides to prove to herself and her boss that she can make cutthroat decisions and be more aggressive with her position. Enter Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver), who comes to her asking for more time to get the money she needs. Mrs. Ganush is an elderly, proud woman who has fallen behind on her mortgage payments. Christine decides this is the moment to take charge and say “no.” Mrs. Ganush begs and pleads, but she is eventually dragged off. Eeek, you know that wasn’t the right decision.
No, that’s not the end of that. Mrs. Ganush faces off with Christine in the parking garage in a fabulous scene of the supernatural combined with the grossest and funniest fight. I loved this so much. But it’s what comes later that made me scream at the television.
Christine tries to make amends after she realizes she’s become the target of a curse for cold-hearted behavior. This comes much too late because her toothless enemy has died. She somehow manages to knock over the woman’s casket, and when her body lands on top of Christine…fluids. Embalming fluids right into the mouth. What the fuck?! I think that’s the sickest thing I’ve ever witnessed. So, of course I loved it.