The film is a beautiful , though what else would you expect from Tony Scott? The use of neon is lights is very reminiscent of Argento's Suspira. Adding more af a variety to the blue tone used through out the entire film. The film's version of vampires are very real. How they live, act and find companions. The only traditional lore kept in the film is the concept of blood drinking, immortality and in-human strength. John is seen walking in the daylight, no stakes are present or fangs. Though this gives a romantic view of vampires you do not in any way envy these creatures. Except for when you see the romantic scenes with Bowie (maybe that was just me). The make up affects in the film are also very well done. I was very impressed with the aging makeup used on David Bowie considering this is a film made in 1983. It moved naturally and I even thought at one point another actor was playing the role of John.
Catherine Deneuve plays Marium in a way that its really up to th viewer to decide if she is the villain or some poor cursed women that just needs a companion. Honestly I hated Marium for just going around and replacing her lover's as easily we replace Apple products after a year. I adored Bowie's character John and really felt for him even though his screen time was limited. He has some very heart breaking scenes and it was hard to see him go since truly loved Marium and she just tossed away in her attic with the others. Sarandon also plays a tragic character but I cannot really go into details without including spoilers.
This film is a must see. I have no idea why I passed it up for so long. The imagery is stunning and the character's have a lot of depth. Plus it has a great song by the Bauhaus in the beginning.
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The film is very well done and a enjoyable watch. The work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work does very well with the Hammer treatment. Though in my eyes Classic Hammer horror can do no wrong. Sorry if this review seems biased at all. The sets are beautifully done, of course Hammer seems to have no problem getting access to beautiful castles and lush landscapes for filming. The film does change somethings around from the book but I complain about that enough. The costumes are also beautifully done as looked to be as they were plucked out of the books. The hound however is a great dane in a mask and its some what laughable. Oh well cant win them all.
This Sherlock Holmes film is how ever noted to have the most accurate portrayal of Watson. Thanks to the wonderful work of Andre Morell, who played Sextus in Ben Hur. Christopher Lee plays Sir Henry and does an excellent job playing the overly confident skeptic. Of course we cannot forget Peter Cushing's excellent portrayal of Holmes. Cushing brings out the aloof cockiness that the character was known for. Plus he looks dead sexy in the old Inverness cape with a pipe hanging out of his mouth. I can honestly say that when reading the books this is the character I was imagining in my mind. An extremely intelligent, cocky ass hole. I still believe that the Holmes in the Frogware games is based on Cuching's performance.
I give this movie a very high rating. If you are a fan of Hammer than you will love it as much as I do. If you aren't a Hammer film you will still love it. Its a wonderful watch and family friendly. So introduce your child to some good cinema before they start watching Micheal bay movies.
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The cinematography is absolutely beautiful and stays loyal to the Japanese horror genre. There are some pretty spectacular fight scenes. My personal favorite has to be when Saya and Alice is surrounded by about 40 vampires, Basically Saya kicks ass while tossing Alice around like a rag doll.
The film is overall a good action movie with some horror elements. Yes it has vampires, transformation scenes, bit of gore but I don't think anyone would find anything frightening about this movie. So I'm going to say it. The anime was much better. Sorry this one was so short. Movies these days are pretty much all the same.
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- Wilbur Whateley in the film is a good looking, suave ladies man. WRONG!!! Wilbur had a "goatish" appearance and was insanely awkward because he was really only 10 years old. He was always called "Lavinnys Black Brat" He was heavily deformed and hid it under his heavy clothing. So he wasn't running around having sex with Sandra Dee.
- His mother was a hot brunette that was institutionalized after giving birth. Again wrong. Lavinny was a crazed albino that lived and died in her father's home. She loved and adored her sons and cared for them dearly because she knew what great things they were to do.
- Old man Wheatly is completely submissive and terrified of his grandsons. No! Old man Wheatly was running the show. He taught Wilbur everything he knew about the The Old Ones, Black Magic and was owner of all the books he assigned Wilbur to study. He was the dominant head of the family. Wilbur would have never thought to cross him.
- Sandra Dee plays a sexy sacrifice to summon Yog Sothoth. There wasn't anything even close to this in the book. Lovecraft didn't really have any lead female protagonists at all.
- I could keep going but my dorkness is showing too clearly already.
I Will say that the end when Wilbur is conducting the ritual is the most hilarious thing in film history. I could not take the scene seriously at all and couldn't stop laughing. You need to watch the movie to understand.
In the end the movie wasn't bad just very inaccurate. Which is to be accepted. Damn Hollywood. We all know when it comes to Lovecraft, the lower the budget, the better.
Yes I conduct all my rituals in corduroy.
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I don't remember any of the characters names at all. See in film you are supposed to make people care about the characters so it kinda matters when they die. I didn't like any of the characters even the Reaper. I mean The Mummy. Im not kidding at one point you see the Reaper "naked" and its a damn mummy! The movie was just really disappointing. The reel you in with a cool cover and than bore you to tears.
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Peter Wyngarade does a wonderful job being the scornful skeptic who is humiliated by his wifes beliefs. You believe his performance through the entire movie. Janet Blair also does an excellent job playing Tansy. There is a great scene where she is tearing apart the house looking for a small doll and trying to convince her husband she lost her shopping list. Classic.
Burn, Witch, Burn is a classic and I strongly suggest the film for everybody. Its creepy, suspenseful and a good watch. Right now its on Netflix to stream. Enjoy.
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The movie is an excellent depiction of Ed Gein's(called Ezera Cobb) character and mentality. Though his motive is completely changed his motive. I'm a pretty big Gein buff, so some things in the film were very off and it bothered me. One, he digs up his mother and starts grave robbing to reconstruct her after she was dead for a year. Gein was actually unable to dig up his mother when he tried. The soil was much too stony for him the break through. Because we all know "The soil of a man's heart is stonier." In the movie he brings the corpses he digs up back as "friends" for his mother. Gein did not treat the corpses so gentle. They would be cut up, the skin used for apoulstry, lamp shades, skulls for bowls and other oddities. Basically Gein could have written, 1001 Uses for a Corpse. They however leave out Gein dressing in human skin to "be his mother" completely. The most barbaric thing he did they left out. Thats not how you sell moves in the 1970s. The story does depict the crimes chronologically accurate and where he found his victims. The movie shows him murdering three people he only killed two. The first murder had great comedic value.
The gore effects are mediocre. The blood looks so horribly colorful and fake it belongs in Suspiria. The corpses are acceptable for the low budget.
Overall as a movie I would recommend this film to someone who has read about Gein, to appreciate the film. The movie in my eyes is really nothing special. Its not something I will go out a buy or probably watch again. I was pretty disappointed in what was left out as far as the crimes and what they altered.
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YES YES YES. Stupidest Holiday on the face of the damn Earth.Change it to National Comic Book Day. No free comic book day doesnt count. A day where everyone gets the day off and you spend it reading your old favs or educating your children on good literature like The Goon, Sandman and The Amazing Screw on Head.
My Dell died the night before last so I have to do everything with my iPod. Ian is lining me his old laptop and I should be buying a new one in the beginning of February. The issue is that Ian is demanding that I buy one with an independent graphics card but that feature is running me into the thousands on a laptop and I get crap pay. Oh well maybe someone can install an indie graphics card I buy separately.
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