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Drag Me To HellDirected by: Richard JobsonStarring: Dougray Scott, Alastair Mackenzie, James Anthony PearsonIf you happen to find yourself at home this Hallowe’en weekend and in the mood for a good fright, you could do an awful lot worse than scaring yourself silly with Sam Raimi’s excellent Drag Me to Hell.When trying to prove herself to her boss, bank clerk Christine (Alison Lohman) refuses to extend the morgtage of a creepy Baba Yaga-looking Hungarian lady. The crone’s unhappy response is to curse the unassuming Christine with the Lamia – three days of supernatural torment by a satanic goat culminating in the cursed having their soul dragged into the underworld.But there’s a catch – the curse can be given away. Whatever should a good girl do?Sam Raimi’s first non-Spiderman film since 2002, Drag Me to Hell marks a fantastic return to form for the director since the lousy Spiderman 3. Creepy, freaky, sometimes disgusting and mostly bloody scary, DMtH showcases every …

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On the couch

New TownKillersDirected by: Richard JobsonStarring: Dougray Scott, Alastair Mackenzie, James Anthony PearsonDark, gritty and surprisingly disturbing, New Town Killers is a low budget Edinburgh-based chase movie that exceeds every single expectation one might have about “this sort of thing”.The set up is simple: down on his luck Sean is broke and lives in a lousy part of Edinburgh with his sister. Sis is 12 grand in debt to some seriously dodgy sorts and, desperate to help her out, Sean grasps at an opportunity presented to him by some well-heeled types to make back that exact sum of money.All he has to do is avoid them for 12 hours – like a big, creepy game of hide and seek.But all is not as simple as a fast-paced scamper about town with a bit of parkour thrown in for excitement. To start with, our scrawny hero, Sean, isn’t some buffed-up parkour superhero. He’s clever, but not a genius; lucky but not freakshly. …

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