DVD: Drag Me To Hell (15)

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Sam Raimi returns to shock (and schlock) tactics with Drag Me to Hell – a jumpy journey so saturated in sputum and gore that it's fitting the film's antagonist should have the ability to transmutate into a grubby handkerchief.

Christine (Alison Lohman) is a young bank clerk. When Lorna Raver's leathery crone, Mrs Ganush, drops in to ask for an extension on her mortgage repayments, Christine (silly girl) refuses. Mrs Ganush (stock hag – glass eye, terrible fingernails and a problem with projectile vomiting) waits for Christine after work and places a curse that will send Christine to hell in three days, unless she can satiate the hoofed hordes. It is, in all, gratuitous, hammy and silly – but then that's probably the point.

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