Ellen Page may not have wanted anything to do with Sam Raimi’s return to moderately budgeted horror movie in “Drag Me to Hell”, but that’s her lost, because Raimi with a limited budget and flying by his wits and whoever he can manage to browbeat into shooting the film with him is a joy to watch. Consider “Evil Dead” and “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn” as proof that the guy knows how to scare the bejesus out of you. If his latest, “Drag Me to Hell” is half as good as “Dead by Dawn”, it’ll be plenty good.
Via Bloody-Disgusting, Universal Pictures has released an official synopsis of Raimi’s “Drag me to Hell”:
Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy, Evil Dead series) returns to the horror genre with Drag Me To Hell, an original tale of a young woman’s desperate quest to break an evil curse.
Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks (David Paymer), and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home.
In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas (Dileep Rao) to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse?
Evil spirits, a damsel in major distress, and spooky old broads. Oh yeah, Sam Raimi is back in business, baby! Now if he can only work a molestation-by-tree scene in there somewhere…
Starring Alison Lohman (pictured, below), Justin Long, Jessica Lucas, Dileep Rao, Lorna Raver, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza, Fernanda Romero, Reggie Lee, Alex Veadov, Bojana Novakovic and Bill E. Roger, and written by Raimi and brother Ivan.