First Pic of Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell!

It's just a loan, lady!Entertainment Weekly has opened up a gallery previewing 25 “sneak peeks” for the upcoming films which will be making appearances at 2008’s San Diego Comic-Con.

One of these previews includes the first pic from Sam Raimi’s latest horror entry, Drag Me to Hell starring Alison Lohman. Sam’s return to our beloved genre won’t come around till May 29th of next year.

Christine Brown (Lohman) is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) 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), and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home.

In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas (Dileep Rao) to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable; how far will she go to break free of the curse?


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Mike Phalin

Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.

  • Blockbuster

    I’m not buying it. Justin Long as a professor? I don’t think so. Heh. Anyone seen Strange Wilderness? I rest my case.

  • G.D.


  • The Unknown Murderer

    Look! It’s Robert Englund!

    That’s news, isn’t it?

    • G.D.

      No no, that’s Alison Lohman…

      • The Unknown Murderer

        So, who’s the pretty blonde, then?

        That picture is kind of suggestive.

        • G.D.

          Whoops, I was loiking at the wrong person… The pretty blonde? Yeah, that IS Robert Englund.