2009-06-19 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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Drab Me To Hell' - Leave Her A Loan
By Robert Snyder

"Spider-Man" maven Sam Raimi has made the ultimate schlock horror film for the recession. If "Drag Me to Hell" doesn't put the fear of God into the minds of mortgage lenders, nothing will.

While shockingly scary in a very disgusting way, it works with the concept that "The Exorcist" is, in fact, a comedy. For anyone with a wicked sense of humor, body fluids flying in the face is hysterical. At least, it is in countless "Saturday Night Live" routines. "Drag Me to Hell" has airborne blood, dentures, embalming liquid, along with a killed kitty and eyeball dessert. After scoring major money with the "Spidey" series, Raimi returns to his "Evil Dead" roots with a vengeance.

Written with brother Ivan, the story starts as kindhearted California financial officer, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman of "Matchstick Men"), is tempted with a possible promotion to turn down a loan extension on a home owned by an elderly milky-eyed Gypsy woman, Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver). The result is a soul-absorbing curse and a roller-coaster ride to Hell, courtesy of the Brothers Raimi.

After countless sleepless nights and relentless demonic harassment, Christine goes to a fortune teller, where she learns her indiscretion has aroused the wrath of Satan's pet goat, Lamia, who plans to escort her to the underworld. The only alternative is to find some fool to take her place. This is contingent on an important plot point, a button pulled off her coat by Mrs. Ganush. Whoever willingly has the button is headed to Hades.

For horror fans, "Drag Me to Hell" is a feast, particularly a disastrous meetthe parents dinner scene with her boyfriend's folks. That's where the eyeball dessert comes in.

If you are struggling to keep your home from foreclosure, you may want to see a film certain to give bankers bad dreams.

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