Parents' Guide to

Drag Me to Hell

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

More scares than gore, but still too much for young kids.

Movie PG-13 2009 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 12+

Great movie!

First of all, 90% of the reviews on here are for the cinema one, not the 'unrated one', or the '15' rated one we have in england on dvd or in america on dvd. As this is the only version u can watch now you must know that this new version of the movie is too intense for anyone 13 or under. The sound effects are much, MUCH louder than the one in cinema, which makes the jump scenes all the more scarier! With more gore and violence restored, you should know that as per guidance, it would be an 'R', for strong bloody violence and terror throughout. The violence scenes are much more prolonged. Violence - During the gypsy's asault on the main character, in order to defend herself, Christine, uses a staple to staple her forehead and staple one of the gypsey's eyes closed. She also stabs her with a ruler straight down her neck, though the gypsy remains unaffected. Then, suddenly, Christine gets a nose bleed at work and srays/shoots out all over her bosses and collegues like a fountain. The nosebleed and blood that gushes from her mouth spraying her boss was momentarily very bloody but also somewhat fantastical and intentionally over the top. Another scene shows an elderly female attacker punching her hand into the young woman's mouth up to the upper forearm. Gore - The young woman subsequently manages to cut a rope holding an anchor up which lands on the older woman's head causing her eyeballs pop out and hit the young woman in the face and cover her face with gore, which must be the strongest scene throughout. Another scene shows a dead corpse of the gypsy falling on top of the woman and conincidently 'lip-locks' with her. Puss and puke falls into he mouth as she helplessly wriggles and tries to struggle free. Another has the old woman attack her whilst shes sleeping, in the struggle she vomits maggots, which fall into her mouth,nose and belly button. The majority of these very cut short or edited, however have been restored on the dvd version. If u are unsure wether to let your child watch it. The BBFC (british certification board) state that the cinema version is a '12', for moderate violence and intense supernatural horror. If u can find that version, then your child would be fine with it as it's more fantastical than horror. But the '15', is well out of bounds and is rated a 15 for 'Strong violence and horror' for a reason. No one under 13 for the dvd version.
age 13+

Reality Hurts

I think that it sucks for a good life to be taken away like that, but hey- that's reality! So, we might as well deal with it! Capiche?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (62 ):

Quick, lively, and full of lighthearted (albeit bloody) mayhem, DRAG ME TO HELL deserves to be one of the sleeper hits of the summer of 2009. It traffics more in scares than gore (although it does have enough of an ick factor to have you squirming in your seat), and it's built around a sympathetic character and has an underlying theme about the costs of modern capitalism and getting ahead -- plus, of course, monsters, demons, and spirits.

Raimi has returned to his roots here, and the fact is that he's even better as a filmmaker -- more comfortable with effects, more skilled in his storytelling, more carefully calibrating the line between over the top and out of bounds that so few horror filmmakers know how to walk. Lohman's also terrific; she's scared and vulnerable, but she's also a decent person trying like crazy to get out of a serious problem. Lohman makes you buy Christine's emotional and moral journey as much as you believe the supernatural scares and action. Drag Me to Hell is a real pleasure -- a mix of old-fashioned B-movie ideas and great modern movie-making skill.

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