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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sam Raimi Movie Trivia - Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me to Hell




A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse
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10.  Alison Lohman did almost all of her own stunts. Almost.

9.  In the grave scene near the end its a different girl playing Cristine's character. The camera cuts away from Alison, the original actor, then cuts back to a different girl as she climbs out of the grave.

8.  The Ganush family are Hungarian gypsies. Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi have Hungarian Jews among their ancestors.

7.  The name of the medium in the film, Rham Jas, is similar to Ram Dass, the name adopted by Harvard psychologist Richard Alpert when he became a new-age spiritual guru.

6.  A  puppet goat was used in the dialogue scenes for the sĂ©ance sequence.

5.  The sequence with Christine Brown stuck in Mrs. Ganush's grave during the raging thunder storm was filmed at the end of production.

4.  The Yellow Delta 88 is the same car used in the Evil Dead films.

3.  Clay (Justin Long) can be seen using various products by Apple Inc. In real life, Long is a spokesperson for Apple's "I'm a Mac" advertising campaign.

2.  This is Justin Long's second big horror movie after Jeepers Creepers (2001).

1.  Justin Long was 32 while making this film.
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EXTRAS

The script was written after Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi completed Army of Darkness (1992), but Sam pursued other projects before returning to this.

The movie begins with the 1980's Universal logo, which refers to when director Sam Raimi got started in the horror genre with the first two "Evil Dead" movies. After the credits, there is also the title card that says to take a tour of Universal Studios. This was also used in the 1980's in other Universal movies, such as An American Werewolf in London (1981).

Critics complained that this was a misogynistic backlash type warning to women not to be too ambitious; that women have to stay in the helper/servant type mode, and if they try to get competitive or flex a little corporate strength in the office, the way men do all the time, they will get sent to Hell.

The drag me to hell idea actually comes from a couple of different folklore stories:. The furies, or erinyes were figures of vengeance in Greek mythology. When summoned by people who were wronged or victimized in some way they would wreak vengeance on the wrongdoer for a period of time until they killed themselves; and then torture and terrorize them in the Underworld. The drag me to hell idea also comes from the Krampus; a figure in Northwest European countries that accompanied Santa Claus in the Christmastime traditions. Where Santa would reward the good children with gifts, the Krampus would drag the wicked children right to hell, even before they died. Both of these helped inform the vengeful "Lamia" character in the movie.

When Sylvia Ganush attacks Christine in her car, Sylvia uses the Hungarian word "szajha" two times. The word means bitch or whore in English. She says it for the first time after her face has been stapled, the second time she says it right after she breaks Christine's car's window with a brick. When Christine first sees Sylvia in her car, Sylvia says in English: "You shamed me." Grabs Christine's hair, pulls her back and tells her this time in Hungarian: "Te szégyentelen", literal translation would be: "You shameless".

Sam Raimi's friend Bruce Campbell, who appeared in some fashion in every other film Raimi directed, turned down a role because he was busy with his TV show Burn Notice (2007).

A "lamia" is actually a bogey-woman from Greek mythology who stalks the countryside looking for children to devour; it was a story used to get young children into their beds at bedtime.

Lalo Schifrin's "The Exorcist Symphony" was never used (except for one trailer for The Exorcist (1973)), but it is heard over the film's end credits.

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Sam Raimi: [Oldsmobile] Raimi's 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, also known as the Classic, appears in the movie as Sylvia Ganush's car.

The license plate of Sylvia Ganush's car is 99951. When it is turned upside-down, it reads IS666.
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