History Film / DragMeToHell

28th Apr '16 11:51:47 PM Az_Tech341
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* FliesEqualsEvil: When a fly is present, it portents the GypsyCurse: when the parents of the ten-year-old boy reveal to Shaun San Dena the necklace he stole from the travelling Gypsies, a fly escapes from between the necklace and the blanket covering it before it hovers over the necklace and harasses Shaun San Dena (she shoos it away); after having been told by Rham Jas that someone had cursed her, a fly interrupts Christine's sleep - having entered her room through her open bedroom window - by crawling up and into one of her nostrils and out the other, then crawling into her mouth, subsequently waking her; the next day, while Christine attempts to compose herself during work, she hears the fly moving within her stomach before succumbing to a very powerful hallucination and [[HighPressureBlood a huge amount of blood loss from the orifices of her mouth and nose]] (these being the entry points the fly took the previous night); finally, [[spoiler: after sacrificing her cat to the Lamia (the goat-like demon tormenting her),]] Christine meets her boyfriend's parents at their house with him, and she brings a home-made cake that, she having bitten into a piece of it, causes her to cough the fly out of her belly - her boyfriend's parents [[FromBadToWorse connect the dots, spit portions of cake from their mouths, and allow the entire lunch experience to sour]].



* TheFunInFuneral: Christine [[TheReveal realizes]] that she has arrived at [[spoiler: Mrs.Ganush's]] funeral about twenty steps from the final stair to the basement. Then she sees the corpse [[FromBadToWorse and falls face-first on top of it; then, as she tries to roll off and to the side of it, she accidentally pulls the corpse off with her, after which it lands on top of her and pours the digested and congested contents of the deceased's last meal and inner infection out of her open mouth and into Christine's]].

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* TheFunInFuneral: Christine [[TheReveal realizes]] that she has arrived at [[spoiler: Mrs.Ganush's]] funeral about twenty steps from the final stair to the basement. Then she sees the corpse [[FromBadToWorse and falls face-first on top of it; then, pedestal holding the coffin snaps, causing it to fall - Christine and contents included; then, as she tries to roll rolls off and to the side of it, coffin after impact, she accidentally pulls the corpse off with her, her]] ([[RunningGag it having clasped her hair]]), [[FromBadToWorse after which it lands on top of her and pours the digested and congested contents of the deceased's last meal and inner infection out of her open mouth and into Christine's]].
27th Apr '16 9:12:31 AM erforce
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* CreatorThumbprint: Along with the Oldsmobile mentioned above, Christine discovers plot-crucial information from an article in a newspaper near the climax. This also occurs in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/ASimplePlan'', all directed by Creator/SamRaimi. [[spoiler:What makes this plot device so specific to Sam is that, after each [[TheProtagonist protagonist]] reads the relevant article, they act with the belief that their situation will improve because of the information they read; [[FromBadToWorse every time it deteriorates]]]]. Likely, this re-used plot detail references his original cult horror film, ''[[Film/EvilDead Evil Dead]]''.

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* CreatorThumbprint: Along with the Oldsmobile mentioned above, Christine discovers plot-crucial information from an article in a newspaper near the climax. This also occurs in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/ASimplePlan'', all directed by Creator/SamRaimi. [[spoiler:What makes this plot device so specific to Sam is that, after each [[TheProtagonist protagonist]] reads the relevant article, they act with the belief that their situation will improve because of the information they read; [[FromBadToWorse every time it deteriorates]]]]. Likely, this re-used plot detail references his original cult horror film, ''[[Film/EvilDead ''[[Film/TheEvilDead1981 Evil Dead]]''.
25th Apr '16 11:55:47 AM Dutchtica
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* HeroicBSOD: Christine pulls one late in the film [[spoiler: at the sight of [[ChekhovsGun the envelope]] carrying [[ChekhovsBoomerang the cursed button - which she thought she retrieved from Clay's car - in Clay's hands at the train station]].

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* HeroicBSOD: Christine pulls one late in the film [[spoiler: at the sight of [[ChekhovsGun the envelope]] carrying [[ChekhovsBoomerang the cursed button - which she thought she retrieved from Clay's car - in Clay's hands at the train station]].]]
17th Apr '16 9:56:43 PM Az_Tech341
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* AesopCollateralDamage: A Meta-example. [[spoiler: Christine]] is burning in Hell because we want her to burn there. Why else did we watch the film? This fictional character is suffering eternally because we wanted to be affected by the possibility of damnation. [[AuthorTract This is the point of the film]]. [[PoesLaw You may read it two ways]]: a meticulously and painfully well-paced joke, or as an incredibly pointed reminder of the greatest pitfall one can traverse on the path to enlightenment - the concrete and active pursuit of another's damnation. [[{{Camp}} You may, of course, watch it both ways]].

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* AesopCollateralDamage: A Meta-example. In this fictinal reality, [[spoiler: Christine]] is burning Christine and the young boy]] burn in Hell because we want her to burn there. Why else did we watch that is arguably what the film? This fictional character is suffering eternally because we wanted viewer wants: [[MeaningfulName the film's title]] suggests that the only reason anyone watched it was from a desire to be affected by the possibility (if it exists) of damnation. [[AuthorTract This is the point of the film]]. [[PoesLaw You may read it two ways]]: a meticulously and painfully well-paced joke, or as an incredibly pointed reminder of the greatest pitfall one can traverse on the path to enlightenment - the concrete and active pursuit of another's damnation. [[{{Camp}} You may, of course, watch it both ways]].
17th Apr '16 9:38:50 PM Az_Tech341
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* AnvilOnHead: As Christine searches her garage for novelties that can be sold quickly to a pawn broker, an apparition of [[spoiler: Mrs. Ganush]] attacks her [[spoiler: pushing her against a pillar and shoving its fist down her throat]]. From where she stands, Christine sees taught rope holding an anvil in place above the apparition's head, which she then severs with the blade of one of her ice skates: the anvil crushes the apparition's skull, [[{{Squick}} shooting its eyes and the squished remains of the insides of her mouth]] [[RunningGag into Christine's]].

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* AnvilOnHead: As Christine searches her garage for novelties that can be sold quickly to a pawn broker, an apparition of [[spoiler: Mrs. Ganush]] attacks her [[spoiler: pushing her against a pillar and shoving its fist down her throat]]. From where she stands, Christine sees taught rope holding an anvil in place above the apparition's head, which she then severs with the blade of one of her ice skates: the anvil crushes the apparition's skull, [[{{Squick}} shooting its eyes and the squished remains of the insides of her its mouth]] [[RunningGag into Christine's]].
17th Apr '16 9:38:09 PM Az_Tech341
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* AesopCollateralDamage: A Meta-example. [[spoiler: Christine]] is burning in Hell because we want her to burn there. Why else did we watch the film? This fictional character is suffering eternally because we wanted to be affected by the possibility of damnation. [[AuthorTract This is the point of the film]]. [[PoesLaw You may read it two ways]]: a meticulously and painfully well-paced joke, or as an incredibly pointed reminder of the greatest pitfall one can traverse on the path to enlightenment - the concrete and active pursuit of another's damnation. [[{{Camp}} You can, of course, watch it both ways]].

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* AesopCollateralDamage: A Meta-example. [[spoiler: Christine]] is burning in Hell because we want her to burn there. Why else did we watch the film? This fictional character is suffering eternally because we wanted to be affected by the possibility of damnation. [[AuthorTract This is the point of the film]]. [[PoesLaw You may read it two ways]]: a meticulously and painfully well-paced joke, or as an incredibly pointed reminder of the greatest pitfall one can traverse on the path to enlightenment - the concrete and active pursuit of another's damnation. [[{{Camp}} You can, may, of course, watch it both ways]].



* AnvilOnHead: As Christine searches her garage for novelties that can be sold quickly to a pawn broker, an apparition of [[spoiler: Mrs. Ganush]] attacks her [[spoiler: pushing her against a pillar and shoving its fist down her throat]]. From where she stands, Christine sees taught rope holding an anvil in place above the apparition's head, which she then severs with the blade of one of her ice skates: the anvil crushes the apparition's skull, [[{{Squick}} shooting its eyes and blood into Christine's mouth]].



* AnvilOnHead: As Christine searches her garage for novelties that can be sold quickly to a pawn broker, an apparition of [[spoiler: Mrs. Ganush]] attacks her [[spoiler: pushing her against a pillar and shoving its fist down her throat]]. From where she stands, Christine sees taught rope holding an anvil in place above the apparition's head, which she then severs with the blade of one of her ice skates: the anvil crushes the apparition's skull, [[{{Squick}} shooting its eyes and the squished remains of the insides of her mouth]] [[RunningGag into Christine's]].



* CreatorThumbprint: Along with the Oldsmobile mentioned above, Christine discovers plot-crucial information from an article in a newspaper near the climax. This also occurs in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/ASimplePlan'', all directed by Creator/SamRaimi. [[spoiler:What makes this plot device so specific to Sam is that, after each [[TheProtagonist protagonist]] reads the relevant article, they act with the belief that their situation will improve because of the information they read; [[FromBadToWorse every time it deteriorates]]]].

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* CreatorThumbprint: Along with the Oldsmobile mentioned above, Christine discovers plot-crucial information from an article in a newspaper near the climax. This also occurs in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/ASimplePlan'', all directed by Creator/SamRaimi. [[spoiler:What makes this plot device so specific to Sam is that, after each [[TheProtagonist protagonist]] reads the relevant article, they act with the belief that their situation will improve because of the information they read; [[FromBadToWorse every time it deteriorates]]]]. Likely, this re-used plot detail references his original cult horror film, ''[[Film/EvilDead Evil Dead]]''.



** The poor 10-year-old kid who was condemned to hell for just stealing a gypsy necklace, which was quickly returned to them by the kid's parents, no less (most likely because they knew the possessor of the necklace would burn in hell).

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** The poor 10-year-old kid who was condemned to hell for just stealing a gypsy necklace, which was his parents quickly attempted to returned to them by the kid's parents, no less gypsies, who refused it (most likely because they knew the possessor of the necklace would burn in hell).
17th Apr '16 9:30:05 PM Az_Tech341
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* AirplaneOfLove: Exaggerated and enforced [[spoiler: in the second-to-final shot]]. [[spoiler: Clay watches the train and its tracks pass over Christine - whom he will neither see nor love again - as Hell drags her down.]]
* AnvilOnHead

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* AirplaneOfLove: [[PlayingWithATrope Exaggerated and enforced enforced]] [[spoiler: in the second-to-final shot]]. [[spoiler: Clay watches the train and its tracks pass over Christine - whom he will neither see nor love again - as Hell drags her down.]]
* AnvilOnHeadAnvilOnHead: As Christine searches her garage for novelties that can be sold quickly to a pawn broker, an apparition of [[spoiler: Mrs. Ganush]] attacks her [[spoiler: pushing her against a pillar and shoving its fist down her throat]]. From where she stands, Christine sees taught rope holding an anvil in place above the apparition's head, which she then severs with the blade of one of her ice skates: the anvil crushes the apparition's skull, [[{{Squick}} shooting its eyes and blood into Christine's mouth]].



* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Christine, an atypically nice horror heroine is cursed to Hell because she evicted a senior citizen from her home to live with her granddaughter. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope She justifies the curse by the last act she commits out of sheer terror]].]]

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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Christine, an atypically nice horror heroine is cursed to Hell because she evicted a senior citizen from her home to live with her granddaughter. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope She justifies the curse curse]] by [[SadisticChoice the last act she commits out of sheer terror]].]]



* FauxtivationalPoster: The ''Hang in There'' cat poster in Christine's bedroom.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Cursed to be dragged into hell and told she deserves it just because she wouldn't give a third extension.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: According to [[spoiler: the ending and]] Rham Jas's book, this is what Hell looks like, and [[spoiler: Christine ends up bring dragged there. Her skin starts to melt off as a result.]]

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* FauxtivationalPoster: The ''Hang in There'' ''Baby, Hang On'' cat poster in Christine's bedroom.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Cursed to be dragged into hell and told she deserves it just because she wouldn't give a third extension.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: According to [[spoiler: the ending and]] Rham Jas's book, this is what Hell looks like, like [[spoiler:, and [[spoiler: Christine ends up bring dragged there. Her skin starts to melt off as a result.]]



* HeroicBSOD: Christine after [[spoiler:she forces herself to slaughter her kitten.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: Christine after [[spoiler:she forces herself to slaughter her kitten.]]pulls one late in the film [[spoiler: at the sight of [[ChekhovsGun the envelope]] carrying [[ChekhovsBoomerang the cursed button - which she thought she retrieved from Clay's car - in Clay's hands at the train station]].



* TheKlan: Ingeniously referenced in the film's subtext. After [[AnimateInanimateObject Christine's slice of cake swallows her fork]] and [[ParanoiaGambit she believes that she can hear the Lamia lurking outside of Clay's parent's dining room]], she suddenly perceives that Clay and his parents are [[MotorMouth talking gibberishly quick]]; as suddenly, chatter subsides to calm and audible the instant Clay's mother asks Christine a "'yes' or 'no'" question on what was immediately previously discussed, apparently about her. Purely uncertain, guessing, and scared, she answers "no". This answer immediately sours the mood of all at the table, and Clay quickly corrects Christine that she ought have answered "yes". [[{{Horror}} While Christine attempts unsuccessfully to assess the total reality of her current state of torment]], we hear Clay reassure his mother - through background chatter emanating from the foreground - that they did not, in fact, go to a [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] meeting while they outed near Christine's mother's farm (presumably in the one of the Southern States).

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* TheKlan: Ingeniously referenced in the film's subtext. After [[AnimateInanimateObject Christine's slice of cake swallows her fork]] and [[ParanoiaGambit she believes that she can hear the Lamia lurking outside of Clay's parent's dining room]], she suddenly perceives that Clay and his parents are [[MotorMouth talking gibberishly quick]]; as suddenly, chatter subsides to calm and audible the instant Clay's mother asks Christine a "'yes' or 'no'" question on what was immediately previously discussed, apparently about her. Purely uncertain, guessing, and scared, she answers "no". This answer immediately sours the mood of all at the table, and Clay quickly corrects Christine that she ought have answered "yes". [[{{Horror}} While Christine attempts unsuccessfully to assess the total reality of her current state of torment]], we hear Clay reassure reassures his mother - through background chatter emanating from the foreground - that they did not, in fact, go to a [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] meeting while they outed near Christine's mother's farm (presumably in the one of the Southern States).



* RedemptionInTheRain: When Christine finally [[spoiler:emerges from the [[RiseFromYourGrave gypsy woman's grave]] in the rain, it montages into her taking a shower]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler: the rain stops pouring the moment after [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the deed]] [[KarmicDeath is done]]]].

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* RedemptionInTheRain: When Christine finally [[spoiler:emerges from the [[RiseFromYourGrave gypsy woman's grave]] in the rain, it montages into her taking a shower]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler: in that the rain stops pouring the moment after [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the deed]] [[KarmicDeath is done]]]].



** Ganush pulling out Christine's hair. Verges on RunningGag.

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** Ganush pulling out Christine's hair. Verges on RunningGag.



* SadisticChoice: Offered to Christine [[spoiler: by Rham Jas the night before the final day: while the owner of the button will inescapably be [[DraggedOffToHell pulled into eternal Hell]], its owner is changeable, provided the benefactor willingly receives it; this means that Christine can give the button to another as a gift, and then the recipient, having accepted it, will become the button's owner and thus the target of damnation. Essentially or apparently, either she burns or someone else does]].



* ShoutOut: Two big ones.

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* ShoutOut: Two big ones. Several:
17th Apr '16 9:08:32 PM Az_Tech341
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''Drag Me To Hell'' (2009) is Sam Raimi's long-awaited return to the [[Franchise/EvilDead horror genre]]. The movie stars Alison Lohman as Christine Brown, a loan officer who forecloses on an old Gypsy woman's home for the sake of a promotion. ''Big'' mistake...

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''Drag Me To Hell'' (2009) is Sam Raimi's long-awaited return to the [[Franchise/EvilDead horror genre]]. The movie stars Alison Lohman as Christine Brown, a loan officer who forecloses on an old Gypsy woman's home for the sake of a promotion. ''Big'' mistake...
mistake....



* TheKlan: Ingeniously referenced in the film's subtext.

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* TheKlan: Ingeniously referenced in the film's subtext. After [[AnimateInanimateObject Christine's slice of cake swallows her fork]] and [[ParanoiaGambit she believes that she can hear the Lamia lurking outside of Clay's parent's dining room]], she suddenly perceives that Clay and his parents are [[MotorMouth talking gibberishly quick]]; as suddenly, chatter subsides to calm and audible the instant Clay's mother asks Christine a "'yes' or 'no'" question on what was immediately previously discussed, apparently about her. Purely uncertain, guessing, and scared, she answers "no". This answer immediately sours the mood of all at the table, and Clay quickly corrects Christine that she ought have answered "yes". [[{{Horror}} While Christine attempts unsuccessfully to assess the total reality of her current state of torment]], we hear Clay reassure his mother - through background chatter emanating from the foreground - that they did not, in fact, go to a [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] meeting while they outed near Christine's mother's farm (presumably in the one of the Southern States).
17th Apr '16 8:49:44 PM Az_Tech341
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played straight for nearly the entire film, [[spoiler: but [[IncrediblyLamePun diabolically]] subverted at the end.]]

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played straight PlayedStraight for nearly the entire film, [[spoiler: but [[IncrediblyLamePun diabolically]] subverted at the end.]]



* BreakTheCutie: Which eventually [[spoiler:leads to [[KillTheCutie killing the cutie]].]]

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Christine]] breaks at the train station. Which eventually [[spoiler:leads to [[KillTheCutie killing the cutie]].]]



* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Christine, an atypically nice horror heroine is cursed to Hell because she did one mean thing to a senior citizen. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope She justifies the curse by the last act she commits out of sheer terror]].]]

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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Christine, an atypically nice horror heroine is cursed to Hell because she did one mean thing to evicted a senior citizen.citizen from her home to live with her granddaughter. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope She justifies the curse by the last act she commits out of sheer terror]].]]



* CoolCar: [[CreatorThumbprint Sam Raimi includes his 1973 Oldsmobile in all his movies]]. Here it is the Gypsy woman's.

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* CoolCar: Creator/SamRaimi includes his [[CreatorThumbprint Sam Raimi includes his 1973 Oldsmobile in all his movies]]. Here it is the Gypsy woman's.



* [[CreepyChangingPainting Creepy Changing Corpse]]: Christine sees the corpse of Mrs. Ganush staring straight ahead, directly at her; after she walks around the coffin that holds the corpse and talks to Mrs. Ganush's granddaughter, she looks at the corpse again to see its eyes looking at her sideways; again, when she digs it up from its grave, its eyes are looking upwards, at her.

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* [[CreepyChangingPainting Creepy Changing Corpse]]: Christine sees the corpse of Mrs. Ganush staring straight ahead, directly at her; after she walks around the coffin that holds the corpse and talks to Mrs. Ganush's granddaughter, granddaughter while standing to the side of the coffin, she looks at the corpse again to see its eyes looking at her sideways; again, when she digs it up from its grave, its eyes are looking upwards, at her.



* DesignatedVictim: Sam Raimi has explicitly stated in an interview that Sylvia was the victim of the story. While it most certainly doesn't appear that way at first, closer watching suggests that it wasn't the old woman who attacked Christine, while Christine's behaviour becomes more typical of a horror protagonist as the movie progresses to avoid her fate.

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* DesignatedVictim: Sam Raimi Creator/SamRaimi has explicitly stated in an interview that Sylvia was the victim of the story. While it most certainly doesn't appear that way at first, closer watching suggests that it wasn't the old woman who attacked Christine, while Christine's behaviour becomes more typical of a horror protagonist as the movie progresses to avoid her fate.



** Foreclose my house after repeated warnings? Fail to convince your supervisor to give me another chance? Force me to move in with my loving granddaughter? ''I'll condemn you to hell...''
** The poor 10 year old kid who was condemned to hell for just stealing a gypsy necklace, which was quickly returned to them by the kid's parents, no less (most likely because they knew the possessor of the necklace would burn in hell).

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** Foreclose my house after repeated warnings? Fail to convince your supervisor to give me another chance? Force me to move in with my loving granddaughter? ''I'll condemn you to hell...''
** The poor 10 year old 10-year-old kid who was condemned to hell for just stealing a gypsy necklace, which was quickly returned to them by the kid's parents, no less (most likely because they knew the possessor of the necklace would burn in hell).



* TheKlan: Ingeniously referenced in the film's subtext.



* RunningGag: Literally: ''[[IncrediblyLamePun a gag]]''. If something gross and scary turns up on screen, [[VisualPun rest assured it's going to end up in Christine's mouth]].
* SadlyMythtaken: So off, it ''must'' be intentional. Lamiae are Greek, female, (usually) half-serpent demons that either eat children or young men in the vein of succubi. The Lamia in the movie is a goat (the fortune-teller used an illustration of Baphomet while explaining everything to Christine). They must've been keeping the real Lamia in mind, because during its first visit to Christine its silhouette is first a shapely woman, which then changes into a goat.

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* RunningGag: Literally: ''[[IncrediblyLamePun a gag]]''. If something gross and scary turns up on screen, [[VisualPun rest assured it's going to end up in Christine's mouth]].
mouth]]. Though instances of Mrs. Ganush grabbing and tearing locks of Christine's hair out [[spoiler: - even while dead -]] occur more frequently are [[LampshadeHanging protested against by Christine on the third occasion]].
* SadlyMythtaken: So off, it ''must'' be intentional. Lamiae Lamia are Greek, female, (usually) half-serpent demons that either eat children or young men in the vein of succubi. The Lamia in the movie is a goat (the fortune-teller used an illustration of Baphomet while explaining everything to Christine). They must've been keeping the real Lamia in mind, because during its first visit to Christine its silhouette is first a shapely woman, which then changes into a goat.



* ShakyPOVCam

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* ShakyPOVCamShakyPOVCam: Most instances of the Lamia pouncing onto a character (as the Lamia - save for some FreezeFrameBonus/s - is [[InvisibleMonsters an invisible entity]]) occur from its perspective and with this trope in play.


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* SuddenDownerEnding: In the final two minutes of footage, [[spoiler: Christine]] is [[DraggedOffToHell dragged to Hell]].
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* AndIMustScream: Twice.

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* AndIMustScream: Twice.Nothing much is elaborated other than the typical "burning in Hell for all eternity" shtick, but this trope is still present. Twice.



* CruelTwistEnding: ''Indeed''.

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* CruelTwistEnding: ''Indeed''. [[spoiler:The end reveals that Christine is not quite lifted from the curse, and is dragged off to Hell.]]



** The poor 10 year old kid who was condemned to hell for just stealing a gypsy necklace, which was quickly returned to them by the kid's parents, no less (most likely because they knew the possesser of the necklace would burn in hell).

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** The poor 10 year old kid who was condemned to hell for just stealing a gypsy necklace, which was quickly returned to them by the kid's parents, no less (most likely because they knew the possesser possessor of the necklace would burn in hell).



* InfantImmortality: Averted in the prologue.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted in the prologue.prologue, which features a 10 year-old or so boy being [[AndIMustScream doomed to burn in Hell for all eternity]].
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