Drag Me to Hell was created by Sam and Ivan Raimi as a sort of spiritual successor to the Evil Dead trilogy. It was a return to the kind of gross-out irreverence that made Evil Dead 2 a smashing success, and though incredibly comic, it’s also a harrowing ordeal. The ending of the film has caused quite a lot of debate among horror fans, specifically: Did Christine Brown deserve her fate?
Our favorite Irish film critic and academic Ryan Hollinger gives Drag Me to Hell a thorough retrospective with a mind towards examining the morality at play. What makes Christine’s fate potentially tragic is that she was just doing her job, something anyone who works in customer service can relate to. So why was her damnation necessary?
This and other key components of Drag Me to Hell are discussed in the video below. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! If you haven’t seen Drag Me to Hell for yourself yet, bookmark this page for later and skip down to the trailer and synopsis at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
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Official Synopsis: Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) has a loving boyfriend (Justin Long) and a great job at a Los Angeles bank. But her heavenly life becomes hellish when, in an effort to impress her boss, she denies an old woman’s request for an extension on her home loan. In retaliation, the crone places a curse on Christine, threatening her soul with eternal damnation. Christine seeks a psychic’s help to break the curse, but the price to save her soul may be more than she can pay.