Great Moments In Jump Scare History: ‘Window Demon’ From ‘Drag Me To Hell’ (2009)

I always seem to forget about Drag Me To Hell.  And every time that I do remember it, another scene pops into my head.  Sorry to say that it isn’t the scene where the toothless gypsy woman gnaws on Christine’s face in the parking garage.  It’s all about jump scares this time, and Drag Me To Hell has one of the best jump scares of all time in the scene below.  There’s even a precursor jump scare to the main jump scare to warm you up a little bit.

I think the reason that the ‘Window Demon’ jump scare works so well is because there is already a sense of chaos established after Christine sees the shadow come under the door.  Things are already ramping up, so when the jump scare happens, it’s effective and mostly because of the intense sound design of the demon’s voice.  If you didn’t jump at all at that moment in the scene, then congratulations to you for being better than everyone else who did jump!  There’s a cake coming in your honor and maybe a stripper too.  I’m writing with sarcasm by the way, so you can’t hold me to those promises.

Required Halloween Viewing: Drag Me To Hell (2009)

A horror film from recent years that always seems to get lost in the shuffle for me is Sam Raimi’s 2009 triumphant return to the genre:  Drag Me To Hell.  It’s fun, a little twisted, has a few good jump scares, and there’s a possessed goat too.  How the hell could a movie with a possessed goat get lost in the shuffle???  I feel somewhat ashamed that I forget about this movie, so what better time to pull it off the shelf than on Halloween night this year.


Drag Me To Hell, as I previously mentioned, was director Sam Raimi’s comeback horror movie that gave us all a combined feel of his Evil Dead trilogy.  Definitely tongue-in-cheek throughout, I was pretty surprised at how many times I jumped during the movie and loved how Raimi didn’t only go the slapstick route like he did in Army Of Darkness.

I liken the experience I had with Drag Me To Hell to how I felt the first time I saw The Cabin In The Woods.  Both were a breath of fresh air to the horror genre and both enjoyed moderate success as well.  So that’s it.  I’m ending my Drag Me To Hell drought this year on Halloween night and I might even get up and do a little Deadite dance as well.  My apologies to anyone around me at that time who has to witness that.