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DRAG ME TO HELL (2009)

DRAG ME TO HELL <span>(2009)</span> artwork

DRAG ME TO HELL (2009)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 99

Release dates 27/05/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong horror and violence

Genre(s) Horror

Director(s) Sam Raimi

Cast includes Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Fernanda Romero, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza, Chelcie Ross, Reggie Lee, Bonnie Aarons, Gerry Carbajal, Ted Raimi

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 17/05/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DRAG ME TO HELL is a US horror film about a young female loans officer who is cursed by an elderly gypsy woman and who subsequently has to vanquish a demonic spirit. It was passed '15' for strong horror and violence.

There are some horror scenes that exceeded the '12A'/'12' guideline which states: 'Sustained moderate threat and menace are permitted. Occasional gory moments only'. For example, a scene where a female character suffers a nosebleed and blood also gushes from her mouth spraying her boss was momentarily very bloody but also somewhat fantastical, unrealistic and intentionally over the top. It exceeded the '12A'/'12' rubric, but these were not the type of strongest gory images that are unlikely to be acceptable at '15', particularly given the intentional humour that mitigated the momentary horror.

As for violence, '12A'/'12' guidelines state that 'Violence must not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood'. There are some scenes that exceeded this guideline and one of these featured a young woman fighting off an elderly female attacker in a car. We see the young woman briefly impaling the other woman's forehead and eyelid with staples before subsequently forcing a ruler into her mouth and down her throat. Another scene shows an elderly female attacker punching her hand into a young woman's mouth up to the upper forearm. The young woman subsequently manages to cut a rope holding an anvil 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. The level of detail and emphasis on gore in these scenes exceeded the '12A'/'12' guideline but these scenes did not dwell on the infliction of pain and injury in a manner that took the film beyond '15'. As with the horror scenes, there was also often a strong sense of intentional and knowing humour which reduced the strength of the violence.

DRAG ME TO HELL also contains some moderate and mild language.

Details

Title
DRAG ME TO HELL
Also known as
V2,UNRATED VERSION,DRAG ME TO HELL (15 REQUEST),TRAILER - V3
Year
2009
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd,Lions Gate UK Ltd
Classified date(s)
18/08/2009
Main language
English
Other languages
Spanish
BBFC reference
AZF258081

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