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Evil Dead 4... - 24/6/2009 11:49:04 PM   
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Holy shit. Flying fucking eyeballs, Batman. This film is made of win. And success.

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The best horror I've seen in ages. - 29/6/2009 12:05:28 AM   
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Fuck me. This was the most fun i've had in the cinema for a LONG time. Raimi still knows how to do a fantastic horror movie. Loved everything about it from the 80s Universal logo and the title card to the ending that was as strong as the opening. Everything inbweteen was a hoot. It scared in the right places and it was hillarious in the right places. Raimi is still a legend. I had high hopes for this and it more than delivered. I'm eagrely awaiting the DVD

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It dragged me and my mates to Hell - 29/6/2009 9:24:11 PM   
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Jesus,Mary and Christ!This is without doubt the scariest/funniest/sickest movie I have ever seen.I used to think the grudge was scary but this makes it look like a cartoon.Had so much fun at the cinema that night it was unreal!was hooked from start to finish which is unusual for me cause Ive started falling asleep in recent times at the cinema but this reminded me just how good going to the movies can be.If you havent already seen it then go,go now!

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Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 5/7/2009 5:24:30 PM   
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...is still just absolute SHIT!!! Just louder, stupider, and even more irritating. Horror for the Teletubbies generation. Sam Raimi should just give up now. He hasn't made a great movie since the first Spiderman. Do good directors become lame and bored after certain levels of success?

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Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 5/7/2009 5:24:31 PM   
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...is still just absolute SHIT!!! Just louder, stupider, and even more irritating. Horror for the Teletubbies generation. Sam Raimi should just give up now. He hasn't made a great movie since the first Spiderman. Do good directors become lame and bored after certain levels of success?

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RE: Drag Me To Hell - 6/7/2009 1:31:20 AM   
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I love old ladies don`t you? They are so sweet, kind and understanding. They might moan a bit but most of them are great....well unless they`re the old gypsy woman in Drag Me To Hell who puts a curse on the young lady who decides to get tough and not extend her loan on her house that she hasn`t kept up her payments for and is then condemned to hell. Honestly I have never ever seen such a scary old lady in a movie as this gypsy woman called Mrs Gurnash I think excuse the spelling. Forget the Wicked Witch of the West this womans mere apperence let alone when she attacks Alison Lohams character in the car and in her dreams puking live bugs on her was just the scarist old lady ever such a brilliant performance who would have thought an old lady could be so scary? There are some funny moments too although I found the movie scary rather than funny but the possessed talking goat was very funny. I think when I see it again I will appreciate the humour more but the first time I was just too freaked out by the gypsy old lady (give that actress an oscar!).I thought the movie was really good and very scary with the creepest sound in a scary movie since last years brilliant The Orphanage (defeaning during the scence). I don`t understand how anyone could not be scared or not jump out of their skin during the movie. Great. 5/5

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RE: Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 6/7/2009 10:06:02 AM   
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Horror for the Teletubbies generation.


No, horror for the Evil Dead 2 generation. We just haven't evolved that much in the intervening 22 years...




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RE: Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 6/7/2009 3:37:45 PM   
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quote:

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...is still just absolute SHIT!!! Just louder, stupider, and even more irritating. Horror for the Teletubbies generation. Sam Raimi should just give up now. He hasn't made a great movie since the first Spiderman. Do good directors become lame and bored after certain levels of success?


How dare you hate this piece of crap?
How dare you not jump at stuff on the screen when the volume is increased to level 21 during the scary moments?
How dare your ears not bleed by the excruciating sound design ?

but on a more positive note...at least in the interview Raimi did for EMPIRE a few months back...he admits that the film is not intelligent and its just made for the jump scares and by the looks of it, a lot of folks loved it.

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Evil Dead 4... - 7/7/2009 9:12:25 PM   
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You have to feel sorry for the simple goofs that brought into the super hype surrounding the advertising remit of Drag Me To Hell. With 'scariest film of the decade' and 'from the director of Spiderman' drilled into their tiny little brains, it's no wonder they were somewhat disappointed with the actual content of the film. However, for the more savvy audiences out their, those who could read between the lines and link the two advertising spiels appropriately, this could only mean one thing - Sam Raimi has returned to his roots. So, expectations were set to maximum that a darkly comic and slightly twisted caper featuring a hero who constantly has the crap kicked out of them, laughing furniture, flying eyeballs and hose-pipe blasts of blood would all be present and correct.

Good news. They are! Even the plot follows the now-typical simplistic and tight Raimi structure. Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), a nice, affable banker with a bright future is cursed by a wicked old gypsy woman to be dragged to hell for not extending the loan repayment time on her mortgage. The demon evoked by the curse, Lamia, subsequently hounds and harasses Christine, but with the aid of some do-it-yourself animal sacrifices and a bizarre séance involving a talking goat, she looks to dispel the curse before the demon comes to collect his victim on the third day.

Normally, this simple setup would be an excuse for Raimi to run riot with the camera and move from one viscerally entertaining set-piece to the next, relying on what he throws at Lohman to keep audiences enthralled. With age, however, Raimi has become slightly more subtle in his approach to delivering such frantic and cartoonish imagery. The treats are delivered at a much slower pace than his earlier work and the more refined camera movement deployed ensures his plethora of weird and dizzying angles is better used to unsettle viewers before the frights begin. If anything, Drag Me To Hell is certainly a film that will have your nerves jangling in the lead up to these core moments, although its never outright terrifying.

Of course, when these moments do happen it's with a stream of refreshing imagery and kinetic visuals that explode on screen. Unsurprisingly, with Raimi being an old hand at this, it works incredibly well delivering chuckles, gasps and shocks in equal measure. Christine's encounter with Mrs Ganush (the gypsy women) in the back of her car features a moment of pure spine-tingling terror before it descends into a rampant brawl involving false teeth and a staple gun that would have made the Three Stooges proud. Likewise, the immediate shock of Christine's nose exploding in a gush of blood in the middle of a busy office is off set by the extreme and ridiculous hilarity with which the gore continues to spray over other people in traditional hose-pipe fashion.

What makes this equally more delicious is the new punching bag Raimi torments with such physical and mental episodes. Alison Lohman, whilst seemingly the antithesis of Bruce Campbell's brash loud-mouthed idiot from the Evil Dead series, is very much one and the same. Despite her waif-like, diminutive appearance, she takes everything Raimi throws at her with gusto, making for a superb lead. Whether she's being spun around a room, hung upside down and thrown into furniture by an unseen force; attacked by and choking on her own handkerchief; or having various multitudes of gloop, viscous liquids, gore, bugs and, in one outstanding sequence, eyeballs, thrown all over her; Lohman is outstanding. Indeed, despite the lack of self-mutilation with a chainsaw, she almost reaches iconic status with one form of animal sacrifice she has to endure! Without Lohman's complete humiliation at the hands of the director, Drag Me To Hell would certainly be less fun and entertaining. Likewise, Lorna Raver who plays the truly despicable Mrs Ganush with such disgusting aplomb is also rather marvellous throughout as Christine's nemesis. She seems to be having a great time tormenting an otherwise timid little victim, similar to Evil Dead 2's witch in the fruit cellar.

Don't be confused into thinking that Drag Me To Hell is Evil Dead 2 though. Whilst it does everything you expect of a Raimi film, it's certainly not perfect. For one, the pacing is often a little awkward. Between the hair-raising set-pieces and schlock shocks, the plot runs a little too slowly. Quiet moments of character introspection and side-plots regarding the outcome of the banks assistant manager's position tend to get in the way of an otherwise rollercoaster ride. All you really want to see is what Raimi is going to throw at Lohman next. Additionally, the ending can be seen a mile off with a plot convention straight out of the script-writers handbook. This will likely disappoint some, although this simple dynamic is entirely in keeping with the movies eighties horror ethos. It's certainly way better than the jarring plot contrivances of the likes of Saw, for instance, which render that whole flick utterly pointless.

Still, Drag Me To Hell is a damn sight better than what typifies most modern horrors. There's that similar sense evoked by Evil Dead 2 that runs throughout Drag Me To Hell's running time. Raimi is pissed off with what others have recently produced in the genre and has seemingly taken time off from the Spiderman franchise to put right those wrongs. Indeed, compared to the tedious torture porn offerings, devoid of tension and scares, and the foreign remakes that fail to replicate the originals atmosphere, Drag Me To Hell is a quality horror flick. That it systematically balances horror and comedy so delicately, and succeeds, is testament to Raimi's knowing craft. That he has usurped the modern horror with what is essentially an eighties B-movie horror flick - it's amazing what you can do with a cheap budget, effects that don't rely on CGI and a little imagination - is tantamount to genius.


Overall - Loud, brash, raucous, shocking, jumpy, tense, creepy, hilarious, fun, entertaining. Yes, Drag Me To Hell is all of these things. If you're a fan of Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness and Darkman, you'll love it. If not, the film's quality may simply by-pass you like a gnat's fart in the wind...

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RE: Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 7/7/2009 9:26:03 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador


quote:

ORIGINAL: SpiderBat

...is still just absolute SHIT!!! Just louder, stupider, and even more irritating. Horror for the Teletubbies generation. Sam Raimi should just give up now. He hasn't made a great movie since the first Spiderman. Do good directors become lame and bored after certain levels of success?


How dare you hate this piece of crap?
How dare you not jump at stuff on the screen when the volume is increased to level 21 during the scary moments?
How dare your ears not bleed by the excruciating sound design ?



What did you think of Evil Dead 2?

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RE: Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 7/7/2009 9:39:41 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf
What did you think of Evil Dead 2?


Hmm, I've got a review on that somewhere...




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RE: Absolute shit turned up to 11... - 7/7/2009 10:56:07 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf


quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador


quote:

ORIGINAL: SpiderBat

...is still just absolute SHIT!!! Just louder, stupider, and even more irritating. Horror for the Teletubbies generation. Sam Raimi should just give up now. He hasn't made a great movie since the first Spiderman. Do good directors become lame and bored after certain levels of success?


How dare you hate this piece of crap?
How dare you not jump at stuff on the screen when the volume is increased to level 21 during the scary moments?
How dare your ears not bleed by the excruciating sound design ?



What did you think of Evil Dead 2?



I liked it. It was crazy. Evil Dead 2 is the superior film in this case.
I didnt feel robbed. I felt robbed at Drag Me....

I did feel better after reading that Raimi interview. Knowing that he made the film like this on purpose, not really focusing on the actual story and just the jump moments, did make me feel better about the integrity of his work.

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Yawn - 8/7/2009 3:19:47 PM   
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I never paid much attention to the 'Scariest Movie in the Entire Universe Times Twenty'-style advertising this film received, thankfully. Then again, I can't think of many scary films at all in recent years so maybe there is a grain of truth in it, it this were the case though it would be a purely negative reflection of the dire state of the Horror genre rather than a reason to praise this tepid Raimi effort. There is much to enjoy here - a splatter of humour, Evil Dead metaphysics - however, on the whole it is predictable, throw away drivel which relies heavily on recycled material from his previous Evil Dead series, and - dare I say it, but someone should - dubious stereotyping. An ancient Gypsy curse - what year is it? Is it okay to demonise minorities again, did I miss a meeting or something?

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nice! - 15/7/2009 12:48:20 PM   
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Liked it a LOT! Bonus points for the hanky and the talking ghost.

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nice! - 15/7/2009 12:48:22 PM   
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Liked it a LOT! Bonus points for the hanky and the talking ghost.

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- 16/7/2009 11:42:06 PM   
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Saw it in cinema tonight:


After the Spider-Man trilogy, Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots. What a way to do so!
The story about the cursed lead character might not be completely original but the excecution of it is magnificent. A brilliant mix of truley horrifiying moments and the typical Raimi over-the-top horror humor that we know from the Evil Dead franchise works perfect, gives the film enough variation and keeps up the pace.

Lead actress Alison Lohman convices and carries the film without problems. The effects are extraordinary and it does have quite some really gory moments.
A special bit of appriciation goes out the sound design, wich is perfect and absolutely adds a lot to the films atmosphere.
The same can be sad about the score.

Sam Raimi: forget about the big budget blockbusters and please make more of these type of films!!
Drag Me To Hell is one of the best and most entertaining horror films of the past few years, a true masterpiece.
9,0/10

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- 25/7/2009 3:22:14 PM   
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Nasty, very nasty. I'm still having nightmares about it and I saw it over a month ago.

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RE: - 28/8/2009 11:12:27 PM   
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Who are some of you kidding?  Take Sam Raimi out of the equation, stick in any generic director and you'd all be criticizing this as unoriginal, cliched and UTTERLY predictable, irrespective of what he 'was going for'.

I'm an extremely vocal, unapologetic Evil Dead fan - and I was hoping for a smidgen of that same magic in Drag Me To Hell... instead we got too much CGI ("the effects are extraordinary", guy above me?  Hahahahaha... no.)  and little to jump at.  Oh, wait, I had the volume cranked up so I did jump once or twice.  In the same way however, I would jump if somebody slammed a door unexpectedly and It was loud enough.

Crushingly disapointing.  Zero scares, and somehow a poor man's imitation of Raimi's own slapstick humour, despite Raimi himself being behind it.  Really, get off his nuts for a few, and actually watch the movie without thinking "ZOMG IT'S SAM RAIMI BACK TO HIS ROOTS!1111!11!!1!1@1'!1!!"

A couple of ou have sad it was the scariest movie you'd ever seen.  Are you f*cking kidding me?  Seriously?  Come on.  That's absolute rubbish, unless you're seriously out of touch.

P.s.  Sound put to good use, to build unbearable tension - The Orphanage.  Creepy clunks and clanks for the MTV generation - DMTH. 

Alison Lohman is very good, Justin Long is criminally underused - he has fantastic timing, and should have been utilised in a more physical manner.

** / *****

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Superb Sam Raimi - 8/9/2009 10:17:26 AM   
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Drag Me To Hell is a film that demands the cinema treatment and deserves it. Sam Raimi is let loose and delivers what is a non stop, thrilling, funny, jump a minute spooktacular adventure. The horror directing is top notch and the whole film goes along with its furious pace delivering shocks and laughs in equal measure. Thank you Sam Raimi

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Excellent - 20/10/2009 12:03:12 PM   
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Lived up to the hype. Scary, funny and very inventive. Welcome back Sam.

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RE: Excellent - 25/10/2009 5:24:50 PM   
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"film of the decade" get a grip wasnt the same film i bloody watched, thought it was quite crap, well overhyped

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RE: Excellent - 26/10/2009 8:01:32 PM   
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"film of the decade" get a grip wasnt the same film i bloody watched, thought it was quite crap, well overhyped



A (fucking) MEN!
Can I get a witness , yes! Finally!

I love movies and especially crazy gory stuff, but this film sucked. I mean even when i tried to unplug my brain, it still sucked.
But thats my opinion.

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RE: Excellent - 26/10/2009 8:19:43 PM   
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Bought it today. Still an awesome film. For those saying it is unorigonal - pray tell where similar films can be found as I would like to watch them.

Makes a great double bill with Trick R Treat. Much prefer this to the Saw bollocks clogging up the screens at the moment.

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CGI no more! - 27/10/2009 11:28:36 AM   
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This brilliant old-school horror film just proves that old-fashioned techniques are still the best. CGI demons would never have the same effect and this is easily the scariest film since the classic that is "The Descent". The recent "District 9" proved a similar point and could you imagine such films as "Gremlins" or "Aliens" re-made with CGI??? - I can't!!!

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Enough To Give Nightmares. - 1/11/2009 9:33:58 AM   
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Drag Me To Hell is chilling, terrifying, shocking, funny in places and is enough to give anyone nightmares. It has great pefomances from the newcomer Alison Lohman that goes through a terrible ordeal that you really feel for her ongoing struggle to surrive this terrible curse. Justin Long was also good but like Empire said, this is Lohman's show and I hope she will be used more because she did a great pefomance. This film did freak me out, I screamed and I know that if I scream in a horror movie, it means it has really affected me. But I'm probably the only one that didn't really like the ending, it wasn't postive and it atcully annoyed me. Apart from that, this is a film to see so grab a massive cusion and prepare to be scared witless.

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RE: Enough To Give Nightmares. - 1/11/2009 11:27:59 AM   
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I'll start by admitting i must be wrong because it seems to have really struck a chord with people but i was dissapointed. Maybe it's because i can only afford to get a new release every two months or so but i'm gutted i paid 14 quid for it. I'm one of Raimi's biggest advocates and i even thought Spiderman 3 was o.k (Not great but o.k) but this just wasn't that entertaining. I love budget horror effects and was really hoping for that kind of look/feel but it all looked so bloody- Computerised! As for the performances i thought the girl was bloody awful, and not in a horror film tribute to bad acting way just plain awful. I think it may just be i expected too much, all the reviews called it 'A classic' and 'The scariest horror film in years'. Bollocks. The woman who played the old gypsy was the only good thing. Shame.

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RE: Enough To Give Nightmares. - 2/11/2009 10:52:41 AM   
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I bought it on Blu ray and watched it again last night, sadly it didn't really hold up as well, for me anyway, on the second viewing Ohh well, it looks like there are some pretty decent extras on there.

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RE: Enough To Give Nightmares. - 2/11/2009 10:04:56 PM   
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I watched it at home last night, after seeing it in the cinema a while back

I must admit it lost some of its magic, of course because this type of film requires suspense that can only be created on your first viewing?

it was still enjoyable a second time, and is a well made film with some original ideas, even on the second viewing it is very creepy in places - specifically the scenes where you just see the demon's shadow against windows, or shadow arms stretching under the door - much more effective than seeing some CGI monster on the screen

if you have not seen it, and like horror, make the effort to rent it out as I'm sure you'll have a blast!

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RE: RE: - 9/11/2009 2:46:11 AM   
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Has the whole world gone mad ? This film was appalling and people are falling over themselves to praise Sam Raimi's tosh. Why ? The performances were reminiscent of Natalie Portman in Star Wars, the dialogue wince inducingly bad. The set-up in the bank…..pitiful. A five your old could have devised a more realistic set-up regarding a banking promotion. As for actual frights, making very loud and sudden noises isn't particularly chilling - it just makes you jump. Perhaps it was meant to be funny ? I'm afraid not. Watching an actress who couldn't convey terror it she was actually being threatened by a demon, whilst splattering her repeatedly with various fluids isn't really funny is it ? Even the sets irritated me frankly, and then there were the rips offs from far better films - A nightmare on Elm Street where Tina is flung about her bedroom for one, then the end of Poltergeist where the mother sinks below a grave filled with water. God what an awful film, but made so much worse by the ass kissing critics. How do people like Raimi keep getting away with it ? I suppose because his recent trilogy (dull man) raked in so much cash which feeds the industry. Mr Raimi, Id really like my money back please because that was 90 minutes of hell I didn't need to be dragged through.



loved your review. I'm so glad to find that I wasn't the only one who didn't enjoy the film. I'm not even exaggerating. Ever since I saw this film a couple of weeks ago I've been trying to think of a movie worst than it but I couldn't. This is literally the worst film I have ever seen. It might be due to the fact that it's the first horror comedy I've seen and I totally expected it to be a pure horror film. My friends did jump a bit but over a freakin scarf? real cheap. It was often more disgusting than scary and I think using bugs to induce terror is worst and cheaper than using gore. The stunts were stupid and the acting was crap. I seriously thought anyone who got scared by this film were AT ALL were teenage girls until I read all the reviews online (and I was only willing to invest more time in it because I found it so mind boggling that the movie got such good ratings). Please enlighten me of where the movie was scary at all because I seriously didn't even flinch for any of it. Maybe I'm just completely desensitized by watching the GOOD horror films. I would rate this film 1/10. the 1 for the minor comedic effects in it.

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RE: RE: - 9/11/2009 9:37:23 AM   
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This is literally the worst film I have ever seen.


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