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I felt like I was dragged to Hell sitting through this movie.

My friend told me I'm not a good judge for this genre of picture, because I don't like horror movies.

I told him I hated Hostel, but not because of the genre. It just wasn't very good.

And it's exactly what my problem is with the horror film genre.

I remember being scared and enjoying movies like The Exorcist, Amityville Horror, The Shining, Rosemary's Baby, Poltergeist, Salem's Lot - and many more.

Films that were a little more recent, would have me include The Blair Witch Project (certainly not a great film, but it was good enough and had some interesting concepts working).

Drag Me to Hell could've been a movie that scared us. The first third of the film was working (nice to see David Paymer as the mean boss).

The gypsy character that can't get an extension on her mortgage payments was great (gypsies can be scary; anyone read the book Thinner by Stephen King?).

The ridiculous special effects ruined things for me; as did the talking goat, and the male lead, played by Justin Long. This kid looks like he's 15, and I'm supposed to believe he's a bank manager deciding who can get a loan?

It was nice seeing Dilepo Rae, a former UCSD student, as the role of a voodoo witch doctor.

It amazes me that so many critics are recommending this movie. It's great for teenagers, but I'd have a hard time recommending it to anyone.

I'm giving it a D.