A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.
Fallen has just enough supernatural and demonic elements to qualify for Hoop-Tober. It may be tenuous and a bit of a stretch, but I hope Cine lets me away with this one.
When a serial killer sentenced to death invites the detective who caught him to his execution, it wasn't just to say cheerio. Elias Koteas has made a career out of playing weirdos, and again convinces as the Rolling Stones fan with an abominable plan for revenge from beyond the grave. This is a film with a very clever premise and a creepy vibe from the very start. Denzel Washington plays the cop whose life is about to be turned upside down by demonic goings-on as an ancient…
Really surprised by this film. I could see why one would hate this but if you get into it it's pretty cool. The demon transfer thing is pretty stupid but I accepted it and they did some cool things with it. Denzel is, as always, awesome. He really raises the film and he's got a couple nice scenes with the ever reliable John Goodman. Neat stuff.
Deserves to become a classic. Well written, twisty turny, suspenseful, intriguing, clever, beautiful autumnal visuals, wonderful cast and a superb punchline. Don't know what's not to love. Half a star off perfect for being about angels and we all know that's just silly.
Really feels like Se7en with Denzel.
It came out three years after but they may have well been released simultaneously. There was a whole string of movies that went for the red and black motif, movies that absolutely needed a big twist at the end. Fallen sets up that twist in the beginning and let's us wonder how Denzel almost dies.
Fallen is a bit more Gothic than I remember Se7en being but they're both fixated on religion. In Fallen, a demon follows people around, murdering them while setting up a serial killer narrative. Serial killer narratives were huge in the 90s. You've got Denzel playing himself like he always does. Not that that's a bad thing, I love watching…
Denzel as a cocky detective who's on the trail to find a body-jumping demon named Azazel. Somewhat brainless, twisty, atmospheric and adhered to the clichés of its thriller genre. Also forever altered my listening of Rolling Stones' "Time Is On My Side", holy shit. Koteas and Goodman do it gleefully! While nothing in Fallen actually challenges as transcendental for 90's detective films, it's certainly interesting. Those crowded, urbanized streets which change from autumnal to winter kind of bespeak a cold and edgy feel. Hoblit's tilted, blurry close-ups of bodies touching each other as a hiss sound emanates the screen was also initially creepy. Then it became so prominent that unintentional laughs were had. There's also a final "reveal" which completely negates all of the narration which preceded it, but whatever. This was a strange, silly yet disorienting experience that was more than watchable. Gandolfini's beasty 'mo is legendary.
Fallen is probably one of 90's best thrillers with the always dependable Denzel Washington, Well directed by Gregory Hoblit and excellent support cast : John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz and Elias Koteas..Fallen is a tip top gothic thriller.
A cop/serial killer cat & mouse game with a supernatural conceit. There are some fun appearances from excellent actors, Gandolfini, Goodman, Sutherland and Denzel Washington does alright in the lead, but the cartoony story and attempt to treat it seriously works against the movie. Visual sequences of the demon Azazel playing tag with humans to transfer his spirit are unwillingly hilarious. It over uses voice over also, Seven did the grisly cop film better and Dogma did the Angels & Demons on earth film better.
This was very silly and hard to take seriously. It's something about an ancient demon that possesses people and migrates from person to person via touch. There are moments of excitement and intrigue, but the premise is too ridiculous.
Very bizarre movie. Not what I expected. Twist ending.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
No sé suficiente del subgénero de posesión para ubicar esta en una escala comparativa, es más bien un thriller policiaco de buenos actores, ritmo lento y revelaciones pequeñas pero perturbadoras. Creo que actualmente sería muy difícil que se produjera algo así.
Si alguna vez se preguntaron cómo sería si Denzel Washington estuviera poseído... pues aquí solo van a ver unos cuantos segundos.
Ya hizo una versión mucho más contemporánea (y mucho más optimista) Scott Derrickson con "Deliver us from evil".
Excellent movie, interesting premise with good casting and directing. Nice to take a look back at when Cinema was more about the art and storytelling than the cash grabs. Great to see some top actors at an early point in their careers.
Fallen is a crime thriller with supernatural themes that ultimately falls flat because of the way it introduces and uses the paranormal entities. There are few surprises as the average audience will see the shape of things a mile away while the main characters are still wrapping their heads around what's happening. This problem is only exacerbated by the abundant and heavy-handed use of the POW perspective. Washington's voiceover is unnecessary and annoying and doesn't redeem its purpose in the end. The secondary characters don't serve much purpose either. That being said, it's a flick that will keep you wondering how the events fill finally turn out.
Denzel Washington is good, first half of the movie is interesting and enjoyable, but the movie lost me a little bit at the second half and at the end.
I wish they could come up with more fresh and resourceful ideas and maybe at the end we could get a well executed detective movie.
Anyway, it's a pretty solid detective with mysterious elements throughout.
That "demonic thing" transfer to each other was comical and silly, I couldn't take it seriously, I'm sorry. :)
donald sutherland has teeth like a shark
What a brilliant fucking movie. It never loses it's rewatch value. Arguably one of the most overlooked movies of the 90s. I'd put it next to some of the absolute best of the time. Absolutely outstanding piece of crime-thrilling cinema.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
A list of the films screened at the White House by U.S. President Bill Clinton, as per Gizmodo.