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
    92%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

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

    92%
    reviews counted: 25
    see all Drag Me to Hell reviews
  • Audience

    61%

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

Wasnt sure if this was movie from Jeff Dunham or a movie about me having to wake up and go to work . . it was worse it was another horror flick that just seemed eeeh

- jmanard52, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

3 stars

This horror flick breathes the spirit of the 80s through and through, despite of taking place in our time. The whole making of the film is wonderfully old fashioned too, reminiscent of classics like "Poltergeist". We've already established in the Evil Dead films that director Raimi likes his characters to beat up old women, and takes it to a whole new level here. Protagonist Alison Lohman doesn't get away much better either, though. The list of things and fluids that end up in her mouth in this film is unheard of. The film is very entertaining, although not too horribly scary most of the time. The disgust effects are so over the top that you can't help but laugh, which was certainly intended, too. Unfortunately the ending falls short, mostly for being flat out predictable and too regular for the genre. Still, fans should get a kick out of the film.

- ironclad1609, Monday, August 16, 2010

5 stars

See! Modern horror films can be good! This gives me hope for the future of horror. Gotta admit, I was starting to get a little scared. This movie made me feel like a little kid again!

- cigaretteburns, Monday, July 26, 2010