Box art for Drag Me to Hell

Drag Me to Hell

horror, thrillers

Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) returns to the horror genre with a vengeance. When Christine decides to evict an old woman, she becomes the victim of a spirit determined to drag her to hell.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

More scares than gore, but still too much for young kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie seen in theaters and not the unrated version available on DVD. Many of the scares, jumps, and jolts in this horror/action movie from Spider-Man director Sam Raimi are played for comic effect. Still, it's quite bloody, and along with the scary moments and gore, there's extensive discussion of curses, spells, ghosts, and spirits. Surprisingly, the film also has an ethical core, as the main character makes several tough decisions and tries to do the right thing despite implacable odds -- though she occasionally fails.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the choices Christine faces. What could her character have done differently? What would the cost of those decisions be?
  • Families can also discuss the tradition of horror films as cautionarytales; do the scares and startling moments make the message go downmore easily?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    reviews counted: 25
    see all Drag Me to Hell reviews
  • Audience


Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Is it as hilarious as the Evil Deads? Almost.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, May 29, 2009

Fresh: This grosses you out but it also makes you laugh at how crazy it is.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, June 1, 2009

Fresh: It would be tempting to call Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell a budding cult classic, except its profitability and popularity may eclipse cult status.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, June 1, 2009

Audience Reviews

2 stars

img]] It was made by the director of Spiderman and to be honest I wasn't surprised. It looked a lot like a mainstream horror flick. And I was proved right. Drag Me to Hell is nothing worth remembering, the idea much like the execution was highly average. I enthusiastically anticipated this film though because of the huge amounts of critic's that adored it and gave it nothing but praise. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I yawned a lot, and this was the main problem I had wih it. Not to say it wasn't entertaining at all. If you dont watch a lot of horror movie's and are a member of a mainstream audience im almost certain you'll enjoy it. The acting was absolutely brilliant and there were a couple times when I jumped. But very, very few. Just dont watch it with extremely high expectations like I did. Meh. It was alright, but it was just a bit rubbish.

- aquateen2, Monday, April 2, 2012

1 star

Sam Raimi is trying so very hard to go back to his 80's old-school horror roots, but only thing that Drag Me to Hell confirms is that Raimi has lost touch as a director, and all he has to deliver here is lots of cheap scares and bad CGI. Stylistically this is close cousin to Evil Dead, but it lacks the creative craziness of it and wacko humor it had. It is so frustrating to see that Raimi definetly has a eye for wonderful images and all the potential to create something truly spooky, but he spoils it all with childish effects that are at the same time downright cheesy. I loved that eerie scene in the graveyard and those genuinenly creepy encounters with Lamia-demon in Christine's house, but all in all this is just a huge disappointment.

- emilkakko, Friday, March 16, 2012

4 stars

The closest thing we'll get to another great Evil Dead movie.

- aSpaceCowboy, Sunday, November 13, 2011