Though SAM RAIMI has spent the better part of the past decade bringing the blockbuster Spider-Man series to the screen, the director rose to cult status with his Evil Dead trilogy. With those influential films, he helped audiences embrace the shocking spectacle and dark humor that defined his horror brand and inspired a new generation of writers and directors to push the limits of the genre itself.
In 2009, he returns to horror with Drag Me to Hell, an original tale of Christine Brown (ALISON LOHMAN, Things We Lost in the Fire, Matchstick Men), an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (JUSTIN LONG, Live Free or Die Hard, He’s Just Not That Into You). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (LORNA RAVER, Freeway, television’s Walkout) 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, In Good Company, Alex & Emma), and get a leg up on a promotion? Christine chooses the latter, dispossessing Mrs. Ganush of her home.
In retaliation, the old woman places the curse of the Lamia upon Christine, transforming her life into a living nightmare. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas (DILEEP RAO, upcoming Avatar) to save her soul from eternal damnation.
To help the shattered Christine, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell and brings her to the only woman who can aid her, seer Shaun San Dena (Oscar®-nominated actress ADRIANA BARRAZA, Babel, Amores Perros). As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: How far will she go to break free of the curse?
Joining Sam Raimi behind the scenes for Drag Me to Hell is an accomplished crew of longtime collaborators, led by his brother and co-writer IVAN RAIMI (Darkman, Army of Darkness) and producers ROB TAPERT (The Evil Dead, The Grudge series) and GRANT CURTIS (Spider-Man trilogy, upcoming Spider-Man 4).
Joining the team are director of photography PETER DEMING (Evil Dead 2, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mulholland Dr.), production designer STEVE SAKLAD (Juno, Swing Vote), editor BOB MURAWSKI (Spider-Man trilogy, The Gift), costume designer ISIS MUSSENDEN (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, American Psycho), composer CHRISTOPHER YOUNG (Spider-Man 2 and 3, The Grudge series) and special effects makeup artists GREGORY NICOTERO (Evil Dead 2, The Unborn) and Oscar® winner HOWARD BERGER (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sin City).
The executive producers for the horror film are NATHAN KAHANE (The Grudge series, 30 Days of Night, Juno) and JOE DRAKE (Juno, The Grudge series), with Ivan Raimi and CRISTEN CARR STRUBBE (Dinner and Driving) serving as co-producers.