Drag Me to Hell is not the movie to satisfy the kids with while they eagerly await director Sam Raimi's next Spider-Man installment. It's creepy and gory, not to mention theologically suspect, and will give all but the most stalwart horror fans an unshakable case of the screaming meemees. However, for those who enjoy a straight up genre thrill ride, Drag Me to Hell offers a satisfying experience and poses some intriguing questions.
A disarmingly pretty Alison Lohman (White Oleander) plays Christine Brown, a loan officer in a branch office of a small bank who dreams of being promoted to assistant manager. Her boyfriend Clay (Justin Long) comes from a wealthy family who'd prefer it if Clay could find a girlfriend with more ambition and more social connections.
Christine's chief competition is misogynist Stu Rubin (Reggie Lee), a slimeball with no discernable code of ethics. Branch manager Mr. Jacks (David Paymer) lets Christine know that her Midwestern, corn-fed sincerity isn't going to get her anywhere: "Make the tough decisions." When Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) hobbles into the bank to ask Christine for yet another extension on her mortgage so she can keep her home, Christine steels herself and makes the judgment call that will win that promotion. She says no.
Unfortunately for Christine, Mrs. Ganush knows a little something about revenge. In a superbly edited fight sequence in a parking garage, Mrs. Ganush attacks. Christine fights back bravely, thanks to the stapler she conveniently brought home from work, but Mrs. Ganush is too strong and too mad. She seizes one of the buttons from Christine's tatty coat, and invokes an ancient curse.
When the furniture starts flying and the scary voices fill Christine's head, she heads ...1