Movie Diary 5/26/2009

Drag  Me to Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009). I am one of the few people who like Spider-Man 3 better than the first two movies in the series, mostly because it erupts more frequently with pure Raimi weirdness, those little indications that something has broken through the (generally admirable) studio competence. So I like this director’s vibe. Here, the first ten minutes are blah, and then suddenly Raimi arrives: full-on gross-out catfight inside a car between Alison Lohman’s unnervingly distant loan officer and a rotten-dentured hag, a scene as funny as it is creepy. (full review 5/29)