When people talk about the originators of the modern horror film they think of names like Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sean Cunningham, Dan O’Bannon, George Romero, among others, but the combo of Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are probably equally important. The influence of 1981’s Evil Dead has been so immense, that a parody of the whole cabin in the woods theme was produced as its own film by Josh Whedon. After a long delay, the two returned to the horror genre with Drag Me To Hell, 1997’s splatstick horror film.
Bank employee, Christine Brown, is given an opportunity for a promotion at the bank that she works at. However, to impress the boss, she has to reject an elderly woman’s request for a mortgage payment extension. Unfortunately she brings upon herself the wrath of a gypsy curse that has damned her soul to hell. While trying to live her everyday life, she tries her hardest to convince her boyfriend of her horrible circumstance.
Critically, the film received fantastic reviews. Two questions were asked. One was whether the younger horror fans would come out to the theaters based off the film being directed by the same director of the popular Spider-Man franchise. The other was if the PG-13 rating would scare off horror enthusiasts. A winner of a Dark Discussions Facebook review poll, your co-hosts give their thoughts on the cult classic.