Head to Head – Drag Me To Hell

Welcome to the latest edition of our newly revamped Head to Head feature, in which our Quickflix critics take on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week we received a a murderous threat against Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me To Hell from Matt Jeffries. For his troubles, he received a free pass to the upcoming remake of Fame. If you would also like to win free movie tickets, send your controversial mini-reviews to us here!

Matt Jeffries will argue AGAINST the film, while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Matt Jeffries1/5

Not great! ‘Drag Me To Hell’ really didn’t get the mix right. It tried desperately hard to combine horror and thriller elements with a tough of comedy and it really didn’t work. It’s very hard to be kept on the edge and then being dared to laugh. It’s emotionally confusing – not something you want to feel when going to the cinema. Alison Lohman stars as Christine Brown and although I’ve never seen her in anything (to my knowledge) prior, I don’t think I will again. She really wasn’t up to scratch and was very hard to believe. Justin Long starred as her boyfriend and although he was good, he is at a stage now where you know what you get with him. I’ve heard good things about this film but I’m not really sure why. For me it is simply another cheap, crappy horror film that I would definitely wait to come out on TV and I’d only watch it if nothing else was on.

Oh, Mr. Jeffries. How dare you sledge Sam Raimi, one of the great maestro’s of horror cinema? Well, I can see where you’re coming from. I understand the potential emotional confusion and the seemingly crappy effects. But – THAT’S THE POINT! Drag Me To Hell isn’t a horror film; it is a horror spoof. And like the greatest spoofs, it lovingly teases its genre whilst also being a fitting entry. Raimi torments the audience with unbearable tension and then intentionally deflates it with a joke. You are meant to laugh, not scream (although I will admit, there are a couple of great jump scares). Here we have a true master of cinema playing with all those tired conventions, giving horror fans a good-old-fashioned giggle and still managing to create something fresh. I haven’t had more fun in the cinema this year.

Now it’s over to you! Do you agree with Matt or Simon? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

2 Responses to “Head to Head – Drag Me To Hell”

  1. I actually though it was going quite well until the seance scene when it all fell flat for me. I didn't find it very funny at all; it was just a little too ridiculous after this point. I'm voting against the movie; but I will give it 2 stars for potential.

  2. Gotta give it to Simon on this one – Raimi is the king, and this is one of my favourite movies of the year!

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