A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Demented. Deranged. Deceptive. De Palma.
When neighborhood kids begin vanishing, Jenny suspects her child psychologist husband, Carter, may be resuming the deranged experiments his father performed on Carter when he was young. Now, it falls to Jenny to unravel the mystery. And as more children disappear, she fears for her own child's safety.
I wasn't Abel to get into this film at all
"I did nothing. I don't even exist."
De Palma's toying with cinematic subjectivity and where we place ourselves inside our own self-image, to which he can't resist adding some self-parody. there's an intentional denial of release here in almost every sequence. the expected crescendo never quite happens.
just for fun i watched this twice today, first on DVD and then in Peet Gelderblom's RAISING CAIN RECUT version. RECUT is probably superior for having that snowballing De Palma momentum, both versions are preposterous masterpieces.
Drifting off the path of success in quite a spectacular fashion with the enormously misguided and tone deaf "Bonfire of the Vanities" (see the amazing book "The Devil's Candy" by Julie Salamon), DePalma came back in force with a film that feels very much like a cataloging of his various visual and thematic obsessions.
-If I could single out one specific thing that keeps this movie from being on the same level as DePalma's best thrillers it would be John Lithgow. I think it's a combination of an awkwardly written character and just plain miscasting because Lithgow is not threatening, not funny and when they play up his sexuality it's death on the screen (I'll give this aspect a bit…
What I look for in a Brian De Palma film, is chaos, anarchy, unhinged characters and an edge masked in dark humour. I am pretty sure, that all of these boxes have been ticked with 'Raising Cain'. A film, of demented proportions, that is a psychological thriller offering an insight into the effects of childhood abuse. It is a difficult subject to make an easy watch, and De Palma straddles this thin stretch with millimetres either side.
Raising Cain is a prelude to a lot of psychological thriller's that are immensely popular today. You can see nuances in the likes of TV show's 'Dexter' and 'Hannibal', there are elements you can see in many modern slasher films such as 'Behind…
This movie feels like an inside joke, but one that I'm in on, so I'm okay with that.
Considering most critics/general audiences inability to even guess at authorial intent, John Lithgow's performance is undeniably brave in that it's so campy one might mistake it for an accidental bad performance. He's great. It's the movie that's silly.
The absolute best thing about watching this movie last night is that Dean was like giggling with joy throughout most of it, it was fantastic. I thought it was extremely good too (but perhaps did not enjoy it on as much of a primal level as Dean seemed to), because it is entirely cuckoo bananas and I love DePalma's Erotic Thriller subplots that never manage to eclipse his entire narratives (even though it would be totally OK if they did) and the fact that there's something just so remarkable about DePalma it's hard to articulate. What a crazy fucking movie too. Oh many also there are some really good examples of what could ostensibly be called "jump scares" in here which I was not really expecting because tonally this is literally all over the place but A+.
A wife begins to suspect that her husband has an unhealthy obsession with their daughter. Little does she know at the time she is merely scratching the surface of what lurks underneath the surface of her husbands mind. When she begins having a torrid affair with a past love it only pushes her husband to greater levels of insanity.
This has definitely not aged well, but by golly if John Lithgow can't play the hell out of a psychopath. An early warm up to his magnificent turn in Dexter he is able to slide seamlessly in and out of a multitude of personalities. The story was rather odd/disjointed at times and yet the big moments are pretty obvious. I would be interested to see what a more modern, cutting edge take on this could look like. Interesting story, Lithgow, and thats pretty much all that takes this to a 3 out of 5 stars.
In a sense this is a masterpiece of self-parody, mixing the usual De Palma tropes with lots of tongue-in-cheek references to the director's past work. The script is gloriously stupid, John Lithgow overacts like nobody's business and every psychological concept is vastly oversimplified. But I wouldn't have it any other way. It's not the type of film you should take at face value.
Directors cut. Fucking awesome! Far superior to the theatrical cut.
Ha. Could just not finish this. Goes beyond De Palma's so bad it's genius style to just being pretty much a mess.
2012 Recut/2016 "Director's Cut"
The second disc on Shout Factory's new Blu-ray is an alternate recut of RAISING CAIN assembled by Dutch De Palma superfan Peet Gelderblom, who used De Palma's original script to rearrange the film according to the director's original intentions. Test audiences didn't like De Palma's original cut, so what was released in theaters in the summer of 1992 was a compromised and more chronological re-edit mandated by Universal and done by De Palma, who didn't dislike what was released but has said it wasn't his original vision. Gelderblom posted the RAISING CAIN recut on Indiewire in 2012 and it got the attention of De Palma, who approved of it and requested Shout include it in their…
1992 theatrical version
Looking to go back to basics after the colossal failure of 1990's THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, Brian De Palma fashioned RAISING CAIN as a greatest hits of sorts, not only liberally borrowing from Hitchcock but also from himself, particularly SISTERS and DRESSED TO KILL. In that sense, it's a dry run for 2002's FEMME FATALE, easily De Palma's biggest triumph of giddily self-referential madness, but RAISING CAIN really only works in fits and starts, storming out of the gate but later stalling when it should be accelerating. It's got a terrific finale and a final shot that blatantly steals an iconic Argento moment from TENEBRAE, but RAISING CAIN's biggest strength is the committed performance(s) of John…
I grew up watching "Dressed to Kill", "Body Double" and "Blow Out". "Raising Cain" unfortunately pale in comparison to that trio. It's not a bad thriller, but I expected a better movie from Brian De Palma.
There should be a "John Lithgow Villains" box set.
What a crazy ride. Completely bonkers. Considered to be one of de Palma's less popular films but once you get into the craziness, it's very enjoyable. But then again, I am a fan of his work so I may be biased. Camera work is on point and John Lithgow excells in the "deranged psychopath" thing.
Think I feel comfortable with this again? The best. Chronological. Constantly in flux.
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