Picks and Pans Review: Drag Me to Hell

updated 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver | PG-13 |

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Who says a director can't go home again, especially if that home is a haunted one? Sam Raimi, the talented director of the Spider-Man series, made his early name with creepy chillers (1981's The Evil Dead), and he giddily returns to the form with Drag Me to Hell. Equal parts funny and frightening, this entertaining tingler is about Christine Brown (Lohman), a bank officer who denies an ailing old lady (Raver) an extension on a home loan. The woman curses Christine, who starts suffering demonic visions. Knowing that her very soul is at risk, she seeks help from her doubting beau (Long) and spiritual seers. Hell is scary, but also wonderfully wacky. My favorite line: A hallucinating Christine yells at a coworker, "Get your filthy pig knuckles off my desk!"

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