A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The Ninth Gate
Every book has a life of its own.
An all-expenses-paid international search for a rare copy of The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and satanic worship.
The Ninth Gate is a strange one from Roman Polanski, a director who has of course dabbled in the occult landscape he again taps here, arguably to greater success. Adapted from the Spanish novel El Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Polanski's film is quite an elegant, cultured malaise of a story that could almost define the term 'slow burn', if it even burns at all. To many undoubtedly it's subject matter--an unscrupulous book dealer is hired to find a tome that may be able to raise the Devil--would be inherently boring and Polanski's careful construction of Johnny Depp's lead character's journey snooze inducing, yet oddly enough there is just something about the way Polanski shoots this, something about the manner…
Somewhere in here, there is a good movie. The story is actually rather interesting, but it's ruined as the movie doesn't know whether it wants to be scary or silly, a supernatural noir or a movie about someone hunting down a book. The result is a dull mess where you don't care about the characters but is interested in where the story goes. Sadly, after a while you stop caring about that too, since it's all fairly obvious, aside from the preposterous ending.
Johnny Depp and Frank Langella are awesome though. Together they almost make the movie worth watching, if you're a fan of both and have seen every other movie with them forty times. If not, don't watch this.
At first, you think it's going to be worth your while.
But two hours later...it's not.
::Jeff Goldblum voice:: ahh, now eventually you do plan to have Satan in your Satanic movie, right? ...hello?
Was this supposed to be scary or was I supposed to be drunk?
Johnny Depp has proven time and again that he can act, but his film choices are quite questionable. Even Roman Polanski's direction can't save a script that's so unimaginative and boring. The writers have little experience under their belt and it really shows. An interesting premise that draws you in and has no payoff.
This film isn't scary or very original for that matter. The setup takes far to long and the conclusion is weak. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they ran out of money. A cleaner script would've done wonders for this film, but what we get here is bland storytelling that serves little purpose.
A hot blonde with a French accent can't persuade me.....memorable image though.
A bland mystery where we get to follow a boring book dealer played by a scholarly looking Johnny Depp. The premise is interesting, but the execution is baffling and odd in the cheesiest ways. The music sounds like it belongs in a comedy and the plot is extremely tedious. The movie is overlong and thinks it is smarter than it actually is. Don't rack your brain trying to figure out the ending or anything else, because overall this movie is just dumb and a waste of Johnny Depp's talent. It is amazing to see how many mediocre movies he was in before he became the predictable crazy character actor guy after Pirates of the Carribean.
"So was the ninth gate her pussy?"
I understand people's disappointment with The Ninth Gate. It's basically 2 hours of Johnny Depp researching a book while people get killed around him. But I think that's WHY it works. Roman Polanski tricked audiences into watching a horror movie that's actually a satire about people who are obsessed with the occult. Everyone expects the film to embrace the supernatural, myself included, but it is amusing how Polanski keeps everything within the realm of reality. Even when things get a bit paranormal, it's still restraint and believable. The movie definitely sets itself apart from the pack and it works for the most part.
Roman Polanski Directs Horror For Lifetime
I have such a hard time with Roman Polanski. On the one hand, I have a lot of sympathy for the things that happened to him up until about 1969. Holocaust survivor. Escaped Communism. Murdered wife. That whole thing. It's pretty awful, and I find it interesting sometimes to contemplate the future he might have had if Manson had just sent his followers to another house. It's also true that I do not always find his films all that good. I turned off Carnage I think before we even hit the halfway point. I am also hugely uncomfortable with the fact that he apparently directed a short called "Cinéma Erotique," all things considered. It's…
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And that’s me with Corso’s Theme in my head for the next few days… again.
Wojciech Kilar’s surprisingly jaunty theme for Johnny Depp’s self-serving book detective is for me really the heart of this movie, which on its surface is essentially a perfect blend of director Roman Polanski’s previous classics, Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby. Corso’s Theme punctuates the movie’s genuine darkness giving it a sense of genuine fun at every turn.
The attention to detail in this movie draws me into its mystery completely everytime. There’s no use making a movie about a rare occult book written by the devil if that book doesn’t look the part, and all the books and book repositories in this movie look so good…
I wonder why some people say this film is satanic. It's just good film with a Johnny Depp as a book detective and a half-femme-fatale Emmanuelle Seigner wich is absolutely worth the time. Sometimes the script goes un-logic but it's not ruining the whole film.
Evil gets what evil deserves. So I guess it was a happy ending. The score was at times comical when it had no business being so. At other moments it was creepy and chilling just like the images, especially at the end. The script felt a bit predictable and cliche but I think Roman is aware of this; which explains the goofy music at times as well as some of the shots he decided to go with (the mass worship scene at the chateau). If I saw this at the time of it's release I imagine I would be more impressed.
31st film of my sober Hoop-tober.
Film #4 in my 90'svember: 2014 Edition film-fest. (Netflix is still the reason why I've jumped the gun early.)
After sitting through 3 of the 4 drab, dull, pontificating Omen films this year, I think I'm entitled to a little fun. Thank you, Polanski- I knew you wouldn't let me down! Actually, I've been waiting for this movie for a long time. After Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness proved such disappointments (they are post-Fog Carpenter, after all) and Drag Me to Hell and Mother of Tears were so skull-crushingly obnoxious. Whenever it seemed as though it was threatening to become slapstick, it put the cork back on the crazy bottle.…
The Ninth Gate is a mostly forgotten Horror/Mystery from Roman Polanski and now that I've seen it I can see why it's forgotten. The plot follows Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) who is hired to study a collection of rare Satanic books, and in doing so becomes involved in a larger conspiracy. The film just feels very miscalculated in a number of places. The tone is inconsistent as some scenes feel very dark and sinister, while others feel almost bizarrely comedic. The awkward score only heightens the disconnect. I'm not sure if Polanski wanted to make a serious film or some more light-hearted schlock, and I don't know if he did either. The film also has some really awkward fight choreography…
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In no particular order.