I feel bad letting an ending (no matter how bad) ruin what is otherwise a greatfilm (if a bit overrated partly because it isn't Saw or Hostel) but I can't getover it.SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!!!I think the main problem with the ending (and the movie sort-of) is that theGypsy is the villain. That's it.The Gypsy is antagonistic throughout the filmso it never ends up being about Christine's fate but about waiting to seeChristine beat her. And it's a good movie like that too. But Raimi stuck thewrong ending in. We wanted to see Christine beat the Gypsy yet she ends uplosing for no real reason.Honestly, is there a single person who will go seethis movie who isn't an idiot who won't immediately say "WrongEnvelope". Raimi couldn't have made it more obvious and cliche. I don't knowwhy he left it like that since the rest of the film made such great fun ofcliches yet he left this one in.Raimi would have been able to keep the currentending if he had let the Gypsy die when she... um, died. That way the entirefilm could have been about the curse and not the woman who inflicted it. Takeout the envelope scene so it isn't obvious what will happen (now you have toremember all the way back to the beginning to get any rumblings of a switch) andyou have good plot progression.Otherwise (and what I hope they do for a DVDrelease), let Christine win. As you have said Christine is too nice to deservesuch a horrible fate. There is nothing wrong with ending a horror film happy ifthat is the best ending. The greatest horror film of all time, The Exorcist,ends happy, not too make the audience feel better but because it was the naturalending to the events.FAN FICTION TIME!!! This is how I think the ending shouldhave gone: Christine succeeds in passing on the curse to the Gypsy. As she isclimbing out of the grave she notices fiery lighting and dark shadows. She thenfeels a tug on her leg. She looks back in horror as she sees the Gypsy beingdragged to hell and bent on taking Christine with her. Christine grabs on to theonly thing she can, the Cross. Christine struggles to stay above ground as theGypsy keeps her hold. Slowly Christine loses her hold on the cross. Just asChristine is about to lose her grip on the Cross falls and bonks the Gypsy onher head. The Gypsy is burned and picked apart as she is dragged to Hell.Tellme that wouldn't have had the entire audience cheering!Otherwise, the movie ispretty good. It is scary one second then funny the next. It does capture thefeeling of Raimi's earlier films (basically Evil Dead) while maintaining it'sown feel. But I can't get over the horrible ending.My brother said it best:Drag Me To Hell is like if your girlfriend came over and told you she wanted toblow you in the dark. So she gets at it and it's great! You can't believe howlong you and she are lasting and how great it feels. Then, just as you are aboutto blow a huge load, the lights come on to show your girlfriend near the switchand her gay friend sucking on you. Yeah, you still got a great blowjob but theending is the part your going to remember and it will sour the entireexperience. Sorry, Raimi.P.S. I found out that originally Ellen Page wassupposed to play Christine. If it had stayed that way I wouldn't have had anyproblems with the ending.
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If you'd watched other Raimi horror films, that ending is very much his style. "Yay we won... right? Wait, what was that... NOOOOOOOOOO!"The Exorcist didn't have a happy ending, only a more "phew" ending. They defeated the evil... for now... because you know merely killing the host would never stop a demon for long. Hence the Exorcist II.
The way I look at it, she kind of deserved it in the end.You spend the whole movie feeling bad for her, but at the same time you forget her entire reasoning for denying the claim in the first place: The greed for her promotion.As the movie goes along, you meet her boyfriends rich parents, who are scum, but she feels the need to try to get the big promotion to cater to them so they will accept her.You feel bad the whole time, but in the end she stops blaming her boss, stops blaming her competition, and admits that she could have given the lady the loan the whole time. Immediately after that the reveal of the button comes.So, in a strange way, the girl we are made to feel bad for the whole time kind of deserved it.Just a thought...
The thing you forget to mention is that the Gypsy failed on the loan twice before. Business-wise it was the right decision (Gypsy would have failed to pay up again). Personally it was the right decision (get a promotion. Everybody has to look out for #1). And any sympathy to be had for the Gypsy afterwards was ruined when she snuck into Christine's car and TRIED TO MURDER HER (not forgetting to mention that whole "cursing someone to eternal torment in Hell" thing)!
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