Summary: Rotten Tomatoes

Christine Brown has a loving boyfriend 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.



Nerd Corner:

Disgust, the psychology of disgust

Horror model, revulsion

Stephen King’s goals re: horror

Terror



Kate Notes:

Themes of shadow and corruption the darkness spreading a long white fabric showing corruption decay

 

OK I love how it has like three days for the cursed develop saying can you see like just a little bit of demons as a treat and then does this look like a demon to you and then what’s up fuckers I’m here

 

So we have to start out with all of her insecurities. Body image, sexism at work, not good enough for her partner’s mother

 

The squishiness of the hanky, that’s some juicy foley

 

Playing on disgust.

 

Again disgust and decay and refuse

 

She’s a ten but she’s missing a button

 

I honestly love her goose facts

 

Can the rest of the movie be her farm facts

 

Ahhh we’ve all been there, the fork disappears into your eyeball cake

 

Elbow deep in someone’s throat

 

Ritual machete not a nice little ergonomic wrist rest

 

We got a Ghost party! Ah man she’s wasting her spirit juice being a bouncer

 

Yeah cause stomping on a hanky destroys the spirit inside

 

He can’t get out of the grave and the body gurgles up to dance

 

Eternal damnation hinges on an asst manager position




Tropes:

Exactly what it says on the tin

Despair event horizon 

Hope spot

Squick

Anvil on head

Black comedy

Eye scream

Flies equal evil

High pressure blood

Orifice invasion

Scare chord

 

Hell Tropes!

Dragged off to hell

Easy road to hell

Classic horror tropes

Battle in the Rain

Cell phones are useless

Cruel twist ending

This is for emphasis bitch

Running gag

Curse escape clause

Disproportionate retribution

Felony misdemeanor

Morally bankrupt banker

Sadly mythtaken

Secret test of character



Scale:

Gentle chin gumming



Works Cited:

Brown, Lane. (2009, May 22). Drag Me to Hell Director Sam Raimi on the Stapler Scene That Was Too Hot for the MPAA. Vulture. https://www.vulture.com/2009/05/sam_raimi_on_drag_me_to_hell.html

 

Bibbiani, William. (2019, July 11). Sam Raimi Explains Why There’s Never Been a ‘Drag Me to Hell’ Sequel [Exclusive Interview] Bloody Disgusting. https://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/3572042/sam-raimi-explains-theres-never-drag-me-to-hell-sequel-interview/ 

 

Neilan, Dan. (2017, September 13). Stephen King breaks down the different levels of horror. AV Club. https://www.avclub.com/stephen-king-breaks-down-the-different-levels-of-horror-1806112160 

 

Duhaime-Ross, Arielle. (2013, June 15). Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/empathy-and-disgust/ 

 

DeMarco, Michele. (2021, February 25). Don’t Underestimate The Power of Disgust. Elemental. https://elemental.medium.com/the-yuck-factor-surprising-ways-that-disgust-affects-how-we-think-and-act-ef4070d484d1