Svankmajer sets out to make a horror film full of the 'degeneracy peculiar to that genre' with a nod to Poe and the 'blasphemy and subversiveness' of Sade. Unfortunately the film fails on these goals and the bloated but ambitious grotesque beats the viewer over the head with its overlong runtime. Compared to earlier works such as 'Alice' or 'Faust' this comes up very short.
A shock to the senses.
Felt like there are two films mashed together, the live action narrative and the claymation. At times one dominates the other making the other unnecessary.
Overall that sums up my feeling for the film; unnecessary
My first film by Švankmajer but willing to check out more for the unique animation