Drag Me to Hell Blu-Ray Review

Drag Me to Hell Gypsie WomanSam Raimi’s return to horror – Drag Me to Hell – failed to register with viewers as it faded into the pits of heck faster than a cow at an Australian barbecue. It’s a shame, because the movie is an entertaining blast, full of demon hauntings, crazy old gypsie women and more than one kind of gross bodily fluid splattering all over the place. The movie, more a comedy and than a fright flick, rings similar to Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy in some ways, only with a bigger budget and more recognizable actors.

In Drag Me to Hell, Alison Lohman stars as a loan officer vying for a promotion to assistant manager. But when she’s forced to make a tough decision about extending an old woman’s mortgage payment, she finds herself cursed and awaiting the hands of an ancient demon who wants to have his way with her in the deep, dark recesses of internal damnation. As her visions and hauntings become more intense, she seeks out the held of a fortune teller and séance to save her from being dragged to hell. Justin “the Mac” Long also stars.

Read my full Drag Me to Hell movie review here.

The Blu-Ray edition, out on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, doesn’t have a whole lot to offer in way of special features, which makes it clear that Universal is just biding its time to do a bigger and better release. Nevertheless, the Blu-Ray does include both the theatrical and unrated director’s cut versions of the film, but before you get your stockings in a row, realize that both films have essentially the same running length (1 hour, 39 minutes) – the only difference I noticed was a little more blood surrounding the cat sacrifice. The Blu-Ray also includes access to BD-Live features as well as a digital copy of the film.

The only notable special feature, which can be found on both the DVD and Blu-Ray, is a series of production diaries that look at various aspects of the film. While not the best I’ve seen, the diaries do offer some in-depth insight into the production, most memorable around the various special effects (blood spraying guns, etc.). They also avoid being promotional in nature, which is also good.

There are not a lot of special features available, but Drag Me to Hell is fun enough that it may be worth a purchase anyway.

By Erik Samdahl
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