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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 80,058 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 29 May 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
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  • IMDb page: Drag Me to Hell (2009)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 80,058 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 29 May 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: 1031 Everett St, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $30,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $42,057,340(USA)(2 August 2009)
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long and Ruth Livier
  • Original Music By: Christopher Young   
  • Soundtrack: Rock Ballad (Unused Theme from the Exorcist)
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Loan Officer | Curse | Psychic | Button | Demon

Writing Credits By:

  • Sam Raimi (written by) &
  • Ivan Raimi (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Ellen Page was cast as Christine, but dropped out to star in Whip It.
  • The script was written after Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi completed Army of Darkness, but Sam pursued other projects before returning to this.
  • Sam Raimi’s friend Bruce Campbell, who appeared in some fashion in every other film Raimi directed, turned down a role because he was busy with his TV show Burn Notice.
  • Clay (Justin Long) can be seen using various products by Apple Inc. In real life, Long is a spokesperson for Apple’s “I’m a Mac” advertising campaign.
  • Lalo Schifrin’s “The Exorcist Symphony” was never used (except for one trailer for The Exorcist), but it is heard over the film’s end credits.
  • The name of the medium in the film, Ram Jas, is similar to Ram Dass, the name adopted by Harvard psychologist Richard Alpert when he became a new-age spiritual guru.
  • The movie begins with the 1980s Universal logo, which refers to when director Sam Raimi got started in the horror genre with the first two “Evil Dead” movies. After the credits, there is also the title card that says to take a tour of Universal Studios. This was also used in the 1980s in other Universal movies, such as An American Werewolf in London.
  • Sam Raimi named David Paymer’s character after his long time friend producer James Jacks.
  • In the movie, Shaun San Dena (Adriana Barraza) mentions her late husband Sander, a reference to both Sam Raimi’s older sibling, Sander Raimi, who died in a swimming accident at age fifteen while on a trip to Israel, and his oldest nephew, Sander Rubin.
  • The license plate of Sylvia Ganush’s car is 99951. When it is turned upside-down, it reads IS666.

Goofs: Continuity: When Christine is at Clay's parents house eating the cake, she first eats and touches it with a fork. Once the vision stops she starts eating again, only this time with a spoon. Later when the fly pops out of Christine's mouth, Clay's mom looks at an uneaten piece of cake (maybe Christine's, maybe not) and it has fork.

Plot: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. Full summary »  »

Story: Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt.Written by garykmcd  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Grant Curtis known as producer
  • Joseph Drake known as executive producer (as Joe Drake)
  • Nathan Kahane known as executive producer
  • Ivan Raimi known as co-producer
  • Cristen Carr Strubbe known as co-producer
  • Robert G. Tapert known as producer (as Rob Tapert)
  • Joshua Donen known as executive producer (uncredited)
  • Ivan Raimi known as associate producer (uncredited)
  • Sam Raimi known as producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Alison Lohman known as Christine Brown
  • Justin Long known as Clay Dalton
  • Lorna Raver known as Mrs. Ganush
  • Dileep Rao known as Rham Jas
  • David Paymer known as Mr. Jacks
  • Adriana Barraza known as Shaun San Dena
  • Chelcie Ross known as Leonard Dalton
  • Reggie Lee known as Stu Rubin
  • Molly Cheek known as Trudy Dalton
  • Bojana Novakovic known as Ilenka Ganush
  • Kevin Foster known as Milos
  • Alexis Cruz known as Farm Worker
  • Ruth Livier known as Farm Worker's Wife
  • Shiloh Selassie known as Farm Worker's Son
  • Flor de Maria Chahua known as Young Shaun San Dena
  • Christopher Young known as Pedestrian with Cupcake
  • Ricardo Molina known as Male Mortgage Customer
  • Fernanda Romero known as Female Mortgage Customer
  • Joanne Baron known as Mr. Jacks' Secretary
  • Ted Raimi known as Doctor
  • Ali Dean known as Pawn Broker
  • Octavia Spencer known as Bank Co-Worker
  • Meyoung Laman known as Bank Co-Worker (as Mia Rai)
  • Bill E. Rogers known as Security Guard
  • Cherie Franklin known as Cackling Woman at Death Feast
  • Olga Babtchinskaia known as Violinist at Death Feast
  • Alex Veadov known as Man with Ponytail at Death Feast
  • Bonnie Aarons known as Mother and Daughter at Death Feast
  • Emma Raimi known as Mother and Daughter at Death Feast
  • Michael Peter Bolus known as Mourner at Death Feast
  • Peter Popp known as Mourner at Death Feast
  • Scott Spiegel known as Mourner at Death Feast
  • Bridget Hoffman known as Ghost at Seance
  • Tom Carey known as Old Man in Headlights
  • Lia Johnson known as Waitress
  • Jay Gordon known as Family at Diner
  • Henry Raimi known as Family at Diner
  • Lorne Raimi known as Family at Diner
  • Chloe Dykstra known as Young Couple at Diner
  • Nick Vlassopoulos known as Young Couple at Diner
  • John Paxton known as Old Couple at Diner
  • Irene Roseen known as Old Couple at Diner
  • Aimee Miles known as Saleswoman
  • Art Kimbro known as Lamia (voice)
  • Tony A. Angelo known as Bank Guard (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Blackwell known as 19th Century Ghost (uncredited)
  • Paul Edney known as Bank Customer (uncredited)
  • Jack White known as Chef / Waiter (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Zhang known as Family at Diner (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Luisa Abel known as makeup department head
  • Janice Alexander known as department head hair stylist
  • Howard Berger known as special makeup effects supervisor
  • Michael F. Blake known as key makeup artist
  • David A. Brooke known as special makeup effects artist: mold maker
  • Norman Cabrera known as special makeup effects artist: KNB FX Sculptor/Designer
  • Camille Calvet known as assistant special effects makeup artist
  • Michael Germain known as makeup artist
  • Connie Grayson known as contact lens technician
  • Rob Hinderstein known as special makeup effects artist
  • Garrett Immel known as on-set makeup supervisor
  • Aimee Macabeo known as special makeup effects: hair: KNB EFX Group
  • Jessica Nelson known as contact lens technician
  • Gregory Nicotero known as key special makeup effects supervisor
  • Ken Niederbaumer known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Carol A. O'Connell known as key hair stylist
  • Cristina Patterson Ceret known as contact lens coordinator/painter
  • Susan Stepanian known as makeup artist
  • Khanh Trance known as hair special effects: KNB EFX Group
  • John Wheaton known as makeup effects designer
  • Camille Calvet known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Richard Alarcon known as painter
  • Konstantin Badashov known as propmaker
  • Paul Baker known as props
  • James Bittl known as stand-by greensman
  • Tony Bridgers known as construction foreman
  • Shane Buckallew known as plaster foreman
  • Angela Cimarusti known as painter
  • Gary J. Coelho known as laborer (as Gary Coelho)
  • Thomas Cooper known as propmaker foreman (as Tom Cooper Jr.)
  • Christian Cordella known as sketch artist
  • Louis DellaPenna known as propmaker (as Louis Della Penna)
  • Aaron Dornhoefer known as painter
  • Kevin Farrell known as storyboard artist
  • Ellen Freund known as property master
  • Shoghig Gagossian known as set decoration intern
  • Justin George known as art assistant
  • Justin George known as art department coordinator: re-shoots
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Steve A. Hagberg known as construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
  • Paul Arthur Hartman known as set dresser
  • Sarah Harwich known as property buyer
  • Lonnie Haspel known as hod carrier
  • David Hays known as laborer
  • Peggy Johnson known as set painter
  • Thomas V. Johnson known as paint supervisor
  • Gene Kelly known as tool man
  • Allan Kruse known as laborer
  • Randlett King Lawrence known as propmaker (as Randlett K. Lawrence)
  • George Lee known as set designer
  • Steve Markowski known as storyboard artist
  • Jonathan Melvoin known as propmaker foreman (as Jon Melvoin)
  • Greg O'Donohue known as swing
  • Doreen Parker known as painter
  • Douglas Peters known as painter
  • Steven Samanen known as assistant art director
  • Mark Sheaffer known as propmaker foreman
  • Ed Sher known as painter
  • Dan Simon known as labor foreman
  • Nancy I. Tarczynski known as propmaker
  • Phillip Thoman known as on-set dresser
  • Michael A. Truesdale known as art department coordinator
  • Kenneth Turek known as leadman
  • Matthew King known as assistant food stylist (uncredited)
  • Antonia Nunez known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • Jack White known as food stylist (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Ghost House Pictures (presents)
  • Buckaroo Entertainment
  • Curse Productions
  • Mandate Pictures

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dub Stage, The  re-recording facility
  • Dub Stage, The  sound post-production
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Fisher Technical Services Rentals  camera & performer flying system
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • J.L. Fisher  camera dollies
  • LCW Props  set equipment
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Marshall/Plumb Research Associates  script research
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  insurance
  • Pacific Studios Inc.  chromatrans background
  • Performing Animal Troupe  animals provided by
  • Picture Mill, The  main title sequence design (as Picture Mill)
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation  special thanks
  • Ugosound Studios  sound re-recording

Distributors:

  • Belga Films (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Saigon Movies Media (2009) (Vietnam) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (theatrical) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures Canada (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Belga Home Vidéo (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Budapest Film (2009) (Hungary) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • EcoFilmes (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Empire (2009) (Romania) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Golden Screen Cinemas (2009) (Malaysia) (all media)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Kam & Ronson Enterprise Co (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Universal Home Video (2010) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Studios Home Video (2009) (Canada) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • K.N.B. Effects Group (as KNB Effects Group, Inc.)
  • Tippett Studio
  • Ghost VFX
  • Cinesoup
  • i.e. Effects
  • Howey Digital
  • Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Amalgamated Pixels
  • Curv Studios (additional visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as rotoscoping artist
  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as previsualization artist: Howey Digital
  • Scott M. Adams known as visual effects coordinator: Tippett Studio (as Scott Adams)
  • Mikael Aktan known as digital artist: Ghost VFX
  • Susan Alegria known as miniatures: hell, Tippett Studio (as Susan Allegria)
  • Krista Allain known as visual effects coordinator
  • Robert Alves known as animator: Tippett Studio
  • Robert Amaral known as digital compositor: i.e. Digital
  • Ron R. Anantavara known as systems administrator: I.E. Effects
  • Adrienne Anderson known as visual effects production manager: Tippett Studio
  • Jim Aupperle known as lighting technical director
  • Kamila Baghernejad known as visual effects producer: Company 3
  • Joe Bailey known as lead compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Joseph Bailey known as lead compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Thomas Banner known as compositor
  • Lars Bartkær known as visual effects producer: Ghost VFX
  • Christopher Batty known as previs supervisor
  • Sarah M. Bavero known as visual effects co-producer: I.E. Effects
  • Jason Bidwell known as compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Jason Bidwell known as paint and rotoscope artist: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Renee Binkowski known as digital painter: Tippett Studio (as Rene Binkowski)
  • Jonathan Block known as 3D animator: titles, Picture Mill (as Jon Block)
  • Dan Bornstein known as effects animator: Tippett Studio (as Daniel Bornstein)
  • Kane Brassington known as rotoscope/paint artist
  • Hans Brekke known as character animator: Tippett Studio
  • C.J. Bruce known as visual effects assistant
  • Michael Brunet known as animator: Tippett Studio
  • Shelley Campbell known as compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Oscar Carlsson known as digital artist: Ghost VFX
  • Noelle P. Case known as visual effects coordinator (as Noelle Page)
  • YouJin Choung known as compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Jeppe N. Christensen known as visual effects supervisor: Ghost VFX (as Jeppe Nygard Christensen)
  • Alexandra Sasha Ciolac known as digital artist: Ghost VFX (as Sasha Ciolic)
  • Daniel Claesson known as digital effects artist
  • Mickael Coedel known as animator: Tippett Studio (as Miko Coedel)
  • Sean Coles known as director of photography: visual effects element unit
  • Russell Darling known as CG supervisor: Tippett Studio
  • Tim de Pala known as visual effects coordinator: Tippett Studio
  • Tinko Dimov known as digital artist
  • Gus Dizon known as digital artist
  • Gus Dizon known as digital painter: Tippett Studio
  • Brennan Doyle known as additional visual effects supervisor: Tippett Studio
  • Mark Dubeau known as digital effects artist
  • Mark Dubeau known as digital painter: Tippett Studio
  • Daniel Elophe known as digital effects artist
  • Bob Engelsiepen known as compositor: Cinesoup
  • Keith English known as 3D animator: Cinesoup
  • Colin Epstein known as compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Marc Estrada known as cg modeler: Tippett Studio
  • Jody Fedele known as visual effects editor
  • Patrick Flanagan known as digital compositor
  • Page Frakes known as color pipeline supervisor: Tippett Studio
  • Philip Fraschetti known as digital compositor: I.E. Effects
  • Derry Frost known as president: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Martin Gardeler known as digital artist: Ghost VFX
  • Chris Gibbons known as compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Tom Gibbons known as animator: Tippett Studio
  • Raymond Gieringer known as head of production: ReThink VFX
  • Vincent Gorman known as visual effects artist
  • Jon Greenhalgh known as 3D supervisor: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Jannick Aarup Grool known as digital artist: Ghost VFX
  • John Grower known as visual effects supervisor: Cinesoup
  • Scott Hale known as digital compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Thomas Hansen known as digital compositor
  • Adam Hazard known as digital compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Matt 'Chief' Hightower known as effects animator: Tippett Studio (as Matt Hightower)
  • Paul Hill known as visual effects producer: Tippett Studio
  • Meredith Hook known as paint and rotoscope artist: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Josh Hooker known as 3D artist: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Chris Hopkins known as compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Brian Howald known as compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Jason Howey known as visual effects supervisor: Howey Digital
  • Wen-Chin Hsu known as lighting technical director: tippett studio
  • Jennifer Hutcheon known as visual effects editor: Tippett Studio
  • Alex Jacobs known as technical assistant
  • Matt Jacobs known as co-visual effects supervisor: Tippett Studio
  • Magnus Jakobsson known as digital artist: Ghost VFX (as Magnus Jacobsson)
  • Eric Jeffery known as character setup artist: Tippett Studio
  • Bruce Jones known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michael Kaelin known as compositing supervisor: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Aaron Kaminar known as visual effects supervisor: I.E. Effects
  • Bonnie Kanner known as visual effects executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Daniel Karlsson known as digital compositor
  • David Kenneth known as visual effects producer: I.E. Effects
  • Bernhard Kerschbaumer known as digital artist: Ghost VFX
  • Jin Yong Kim known as matchmove artist: Tippett Studio
  • SeungJang 'Jack' Kim known as cg modeler: Tippett Studio (as Seung Jang Kim)
  • Jonathan Knight known as lead compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Peter Konig known as concept artist: Tippett Studio (as Pete Konig)
  • Borislav Konstantinov known as visual effects artist
  • Derek Krauss known as rotoscope/paint artist: Tippett Studio
  • Wendy Lanning known as production executive: ReThink VFX
  • Kirk Larkins known as matchmove artist: Tippett Studio
  • Justin Lewers known as creature designer: i.e. Digital
  • Justin Lewers known as creature modeler
  • Peter Lloyd known as matte artist: Curv Studios
  • Ivailo Marinov known as digital artist
  • Dennis Michel known as digital compositor: I.E. Effects
  • Steve Moros known as matchmove artist: Tippett Studio
  • Ross Nakamura known as rotoscope/paint artist: Tippett Studio
  • Ben Nelson known as pre-visualization artist
  • Cristian Predut Nita known as digital artist: Ghost VFX
  • Thijs Noij known as digital effects artist
  • Natalie Nolan known as compositor: Tippett Studio (as Natalie Baillie)
  • Sean Nowlan known as production manager: ReThink VFX
  • Jonathan O'Brien known as visual effects assistant (as Jon O'Brien)
  • Jeremy Oddo known as visual effects
  • Miguel Ortega known as miniature effects unit: camera operator: Tippett Studios
  • Chris Paizis known as matchmove artist: Tippett Studio (as Christopher Paizis)
  • Reid Paul known as visual effects producer: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Ken Pellegrino known as digital compositor: I.E. Effects
  • Lorne Peterson known as miniatures: hell, Tippett Studio
  • Dan Pilgrim known as pre-visualization artist
  • Glenn Porter known as digital compositor: I.E. Effects
  • Christopher Puchta known as visual effects artist
  • Steven Quinones-Colon known as senior lighting technical director
  • John Rader known as digital painter: Tippett Studio
  • John Rader known as visual effects artist
  • Steve Reding known as digital lighter: Tippett Studio
  • Cory Redmond known as lighting technical director
  • Robert Rossello known as compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Robert Rossello known as visual effects artist
  • Thomas Rosseter known as digital compositor: Tippett Studio (as Tom Rosseter)
  • Ari Rubenstein known as lead compositor: Curv Studios
  • Jance Rubinchik known as animator: Tippett Studio
  • Dragomir Sarachev known as digital effects artist
  • Liubomir Savov known as digital artist
  • Gretchen Scharfenberg known as miniatures: hell, Tippett Studio
  • Thomas Schelesny known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jordan Schilling known as digital compositor: Tippett Studio
  • David Schnee known as digital compositor: Tippett Studio
  • Richard Servello known as digital compositor
  • Dan Sukiennik known as matchmove technical director
  • David Sullivan known as roto supervisor
  • David Sullivan known as rotoscope/paint artist: Tippett Studio
  • Jacob Telleen known as render technical assistant: Tippett Studio
  • Bryan Thombs known as 3D animator: titles, Picture Mill
  • Bryan Thombs known as digital effects artist: opening sequence
  • Daniel Thuresson known as digital compositor
  • Andy Trickel known as miniatures: hell, Tippett Studio
  • Bart Trickel known as digital lighter: Tippett Studio
  • Sean Valla known as visual effects editor
  • Norie Varga known as compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Frederick B. Vega known as digital lighter: Tippett Studio (as Frederick Vega)
  • Frederick B. Vega known as pipeline technical assistant: Tippett Studio (as Frederick Vega)
  • Jess Vickery known as animator: Tippett Studio
  • Ben Vonzastrow known as visual effects art director: Tippett Studio (as Ben Von Zastrow)
  • Kenneth Voss known as roto/paint artist: Tippett Studio
  • Richard Wardlow known as 3D artist: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Richard Wardlow known as visual effects artist
  • Vivian Wei known as visual effects artist
  • Larry Weiss known as digital lighter: Tippett Studio
  • Larry Weiss known as lead technical director: Tippett Studio
  • Pablo Weiss known as digital retouching: Cinesoup
  • Jonathan Wolfe known as compositor: titles, Picture Mill
  • Dione Wood known as visual effects producer: Amalgamated Pixels
  • Casey Yahnke known as compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Casey Yahnke known as rotoscope artist: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
  • Vladimir Yordanov known as digital compositor
  • Valia Zaharinova known as digital artist
  • Sanjay Das known as chief technology officer: Tippett Studio (uncredited)
  • Jonas Ussing known as visual effects artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 15 March 2009 (South by Southwest Film Festival) (premiere)
  • France 20 May 2009 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • France 27 May 2009
  • Ireland 27 May 2009
  • UK 27 May 2009
  • Israel 28 May 2009
  • Canada 29 May 2009
  • USA 29 May 2009
  • Finland 31 May 2009 (EKEK Sika säkissä Film Festival)
  • Indonesia 3 June 2009
  • Philippines 3 June 2009
  • Singapore 4 June 2009
  • South Korea 4 June 2009
  • Thailand 4 June 2009
  • Switzerland 10 June 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Austria 11 June 2009
  • Germany 11 June 2009
  • Malaysia 11 June 2009
  • Switzerland 11 June 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Estonia 12 June 2009
  • Finland 12 June 2009
  • Latvia 12 June 2009
  • Lithuania 12 June 2009
  • Norway 12 June 2009
  • South Africa 12 June 2009
  • Sweden 12 June 2009
  • Czech Republic 18 June 2009
  • Denmark 19 June 2009
  • Netherlands 20 June 2009 (The Hague) (premiere)
  • Belgium 24 June 2009
  • Netherlands 2 July 2009
  • Taiwan 3 July 2009
  • Vietnam 3 July 2009
  • Russia 9 July 2009
  • Australia 23 July 2009
  • New Zealand 23 July 2009
  • Kazakhstan 30 July 2009
  • Spain 31 July 2009
  • Hong Kong 6 August 2009
  • Argentina 13 August 2009
  • Hungary 13 August 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 13 August 2009
  • Brazil 14 August 2009
  • Iceland 19 August 2009
  • Croatia 20 August 2009
  • Slovakia 20 August 2009
  • Bulgaria 21 August 2009
  • Mexico 21 August 2009
  • Greece 10 September 2009
  • Italy 11 September 2009
  • Panama 11 September 2009
  • Egypt 7 October 2009
  • Turkey 16 October 2009
  • Japan 21 October 2009 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Peru 29 October 2009
  • Venezuela 30 October 2009
  • Japan 6 November 2009
  • Poland 1 January 2010
  • Italy 25 March 2010 (Fantasy Horror Festival)
  • Portugal 9 September 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. GroovyDoom from Haddonfield, IL
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    I don't understand this movie's high rating here. I would suspectstudio tampering with the IMDb rating, except that almost every reviewI've read of the film in papers and magazines has been a positive onethat suggested the film was a delightful throwback to Sam Raimi's "EvilDead" films. I guess that might be true, but I had to remind myselfthat "Evil Dead" was actually a great, unsettling horror movie, and itssequel was unique because of its obvious combination of humor and gore.But that was the early-to-mid 80s, and this is 2009. "Drag Me To Hell"is no more than an episode of TV's "Tales From The Crypt" stretched outto a feature length runtime.

    Christine is a loan officer in a bank, and she has an uncomfortableexchange with a haggish old woman. The woman is about to be evictedfrom her home, but Christine is anxious to get a promotion, so sheplays hardball with the woman and denies her request for a mortgageextension. The hag reappears in the parking garage, which is desertedin the kind of way that could only happen in a horror movie, and thetwo of them have a knock-down, drag- out fight that ends with the oldwoman cursing Christine. She sends a demon to make Christine's lifemiserable before, well, dragging her to Hell.

    There are a few moments that are reminiscent of "Evil Dead", includingone where a guy levitates while speaking in a demonic voice. Anotherone has eyeballs popping out of someone's head and ending up inChristine's mouth.

    But almost every single one of these scares are of the "hallucination"variety. Something happens, and then Christine 'wakes up' from herdaydream. The boo moments all consist of a scary setup, a quiet lull,and a sudden screech on the soundtrack that hopes you'll jump when youhear it. After the second or third of these, you won't.

    Christine herself is a lousy heroine, and I didn't really care if shegot dragged to Hell or to Tijuana. What's worse, the script is soobvious that you can see each plot twist before it comes. Nothing'smore boring than a PG-13 horror movie where you can tell what's goingto happen way before it does. This CGI crapfest is just too blah to beof any interest.

  2. thoward1223 from Virginia, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    I just felt compelled to post this because somehow… and I can't evenbegin to understand how… people and even professional critics likethis movie. I don't get it. I loved Evil Dead and I still don't get it,because this wasn't campy — it was just bad. Seemed thrown togethervery quickly, with a few scenes stripped whole from Evil Dead 2 andsome of the worst writing ever… It just didn't feel like camp. Itfelt like dreck. And the ending was telegraphed so early in the filmthat the last 30 minutes were almost physically painful to watch. Andyet… the Washington Post said the ending was a shocker.

    If this wasn't a Sam Raimi film, no one would even have suggested itwas supposed to be funny. They would have just figured that it sucked.Maybe that's his joke on everyone, after all.

  3. ajaj118 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    Seeing the trailer to this movie I expected to go in and have a fewscenes that were ones that made you jump. But I also expected the movieto have something scary in it that made you think when you left thetheater.

    If you are looking for cheap thrills, LOUD music, and stuff jumping outat you constantly then this is your movie. I found this movie to beextremely predictable, especially the ending.

    The séance scene was laughable. The guy hanging in the air "dancing thejig" was one of the dumbest I have seen in a LONG time. And the"cartoonish" talking goat was a joke. The SFX in this movie were worsethan a Saturday night sci-fi channel B-movie. It was a serious WASTE ofmoney. We had a free ticket, and I feel even that was wasted on thismovie.

    giving this movie a 3 out of 10 is even being generous.

  4. yourwarmembrace from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    Apparently this studio has deep enough pockets to pay people to comehere and rate this film highly. This is a 6 star movie AT BEST! It hasits share of spooks but they are short-lived. And the cliché's? Wheredo I begin?? They had me and everyone else around me checking thetime… and I was in the last/ top row… could see everything. Sighswere coming from my right and the people to my left were gettingrestless. I wanted to ask someone else the time; hoping that my phonehad jammed and this "picture" was farther along than it seemed. Go intoit expecting a Comedy with shocks & frights but you won't be losing anysleep. The ending was a surprise albeit lame… I mean… you'd thinksomeone would check before going through the trouble of digging up agrave…

  5. horsecoach4hire from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    I'm still trying to find out why everyone thinks this film iswonderful.

    First off, we have no storyline. We don't know if this film is funny orscary, the acting is at best 10th grade (and I'm a huge fan of AlisonLohman) I think everyone is forgetting about the fact that there needsto be a strong storyline (it doesn't have this. It has an idea, aconcept, but never is fully developed, unless you think the oldfashion, standard cop-outs work), good acting and most importantly,characters that you care about.

    The characters make no sense. The girl can kill her cat, but not giveaway the object to foist this horrible thing onto? Where's the logic inthis? If she is so focused on herself to kill her cat, when she'sstating she's a humanitarian, then she should have no trouble passingalong the button to some miserable slime. So, when did she developmorals? Secondly, plot??? Story?? Hello??? Evil Dead had a strongstoryline. This does not. in fact, this movie seems to have had anidea, and was made off an idea, and did a typical, Hollywood cop-outending instead of thinking of a valid way to make this film wrap up inan intelligent way.

    Don't waste your money. Go see Knowing. At least the story in that filmis strong, original and to me, unique.

  6. Kerri Hunter from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    This movie is a complete joke, not even a horror more a comedy spoof, ifeel like writing and asking for my money and my time back, when amovie has a killer napkin involved it can only be bad. I feel sorry foranyone that has to watch this movie if your expecting a good or even ahorror movie at all, stay at home and watch the paint dry instead. Whatare the critics on? I couldn't even enjoy my popcorn due to scenes ofan old woman with no teeth sucking several times on a persons chin(this was suppose to be some sort of attack i think), the best and onlygood thing about this movie was the credits. I also found it very hardto concentrate on the movie due to the fact that the main character hadblonde hair with extremely dark eyebrows which was very distracting,please as a huge horror fan my only advice is to give this movie amiss.

  7. weirdstrike from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    When I saw the preview for this movie, I thought it seemed interestingenough.

    But no, the movie started for only 20 minutes and I figured out whatwas going to happen throughout the whole story. Guess what? I wasright.

    The movie is not scary, if that's what you were hoping for. It is onlyscary because the low then loud music they play every five minutes forsupposed "suspense", will blast the living life out of your ears. Thegraphics are cartoonish, and it is more gore than actual fright. Andthat Mrs. Ganush lady sure liked sticking things in Christine's mouth,didn't she? And let's not forget the clichés. The skeptical boyfriend,the high-strung parents of the boyfriend, the being cursed by an oldlady thing, the traitor co-worker, and the whole you think it's allokay but then the protagonist dies in the end unexpectedly, and when Imean unexpectedly, I mean you saw it coming if you have common sense. .Yes…she dies. DUH. The poster is actually a spoiler. That onlyhappens in the end.

    I watched this with my 11-year old sister and we both laughedhysterically at the "horror" scenes.

    The end.

  8. hey_treacle from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    Drag me to Hell is, really, a throwback in so many ways to the fun ofThe Evil Dead 2. The camera angles, the excellent score – it allrecalls how Raimi played with us in his earlier trilogy. What haschanged however, is the sense of pace. We know its coming and Raimiemploys all his skills to draw out the tension. The thrills are allthere in place, I jumped like there was an electric buzzer under myseat. Perhaps a little too much CGI is indulged in but its easy toforgive in a film as wicked and blackly comic as this. I genuinelyfound the film disturbing for a 15 as well, again I think this is amark of tension that Raimi creates with the score and camera workthroughout the film. So incredibly refreshing to see a horror film without the hallmarks of the recent saw franchise. Special mention for theending, which has conviction and guts and was the proverbial cherry ontop of the cake. throughly entertaining.

  9. indyj1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    The early trailers for Drag Me to Hell dubbed it as (sic) "the returnto classic horror", and for once at least, they are correct.

    Sam Raimi manages to incorporate genuine thrills and terror using theold-fashioned format of surprise, misdirection and suggestion. As afrequent viewer of horror films, little surprises me, but in this filmI was caught off-guard several times while watching it.

    While the majority of the movie is kept on a serious and forebodinglevel, much like the original "Evil Dead", Raimi can't help but throwin elements of the absurd and slapstick during some of the morehorrific scenes, thus reducing the tension and echoing the latter 2/3of the "Evil Dead" trilogy.

    WHile I have nothing against the modern trend of horror movies toprovide shocks merely in the form of how much blood and gore theyspill, this flick was wonderfully refreshing. It's a must-see, not justfor Raimi fans, but for anyone who loves a good scary story and a greatmovie in general.

  10. Beginthebeguine from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:55 am

    A Lamia is a Greek fairy-tale demon who murders children and originallywas the daughter of the gods Poseidon and Lybie. That has nothing to dowith this story, I guess the writer thought it just sounded like a goodname. Here it is a goat-head/cloven foot devil who drags peoples soulsto hell on the curse of filthy, old gypsy women. What hog wash.

    Horror tales confront the times in which they are written and eventhough the Rami brothers claim to have written this in their Evil Deadera, it's major themes are all from today's news…

    Exposition Scene : Two California (illegal ?) Mexican immigrants bringtheir young son to a Medium named Shaun San Dena because he has stolena necklace from a Gypsy woman, and although he tried to return it, thewoman refused (More immigrants, but this time terrorists !). The Mediumis unsuccessful in removing the curse and the poor child is Dragged toHell.

    Exposition Scene 2: Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) works at a bank andwants to be promoted to the assistant manager position, her boss Mr.Jacks (the underrated David Paymer) knows this and dangles this as acarrot before her face and lets her know that a new employee, Stu Rubin(the terrible actor Reggie Lee) is a real go-getter willing to put inthe hours and make the "hard" decisions. The bank scenes don't work andthey lack pace and get in the way of the story. The characters are onedimensional and Reggie Lee is just hard to watch as he tries to act.

    We meet Christine's boy friend the Apple Computer guy (Justin Long-atruly listless actor) who is a psychology professor named Clay Dalton.This is a good idea, but nothing ever becomes of it in this mess of amovie. There is some antagonism from Dalton's mother and this isanswered to later in the film, but is unnecessary to the plot, in factthey could have written out Clay's parents and moved the film along ata more even pace, instead it just drags…

    The Set-Up: A Gypsy woman (saw this coming from a mile away) named Mrs.Ganush (Lorna Raver) comes in and has defaulted on her mortgage(another hot topic in the news); she asks for more time. Blah, blah,blah the manager says no and goats Christine to turn the woman down.The Gypsy woman has become more disgusting by the moment, taking herteeth out, yuk ! She begs Christine and is suddenly humiliated whenChristine pulls away. Not an effective scene at all.

    Mrs. Ganush somehow finds Christine's car and waits for her then actslike a terminator trying to hurt the young woman. I had to really bitemy lip not to laugh at this scene, it is so contrived.

    The Pay-out: There is none. There are some scenes that have promiselike a séance with the former mentioned Shaun San Dena that has amoment or two of scares, but mostly this film is a real yawn fest. Ican understand that the young reviewers on this page might like it,they are not as jaded as the more adult viewers. It's not scary, it'snot even a great idea as Evil Dead was, it is however a waste of money.

    I rate it so low because I expected much more from the Rami brothers.It is the Emperors New Cloth of the Summer Films. My advice, if youmust see it, wait for the DVD and hope it has deleted scenes andcomments…

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