Rich colours, weird acting and sumptuous frames filled with plenty of gore, creepy imagery, some sex and beautiful cinematography - a great and worthwhile watch. Yes, the plot seems a little odd and I wasn't particularly satisfied with the ending, but there's enough to make you want to keep watching.
I quite liked this film. One of Verhoeven's earlier films, before he went to Hollywood. It has so many great ideas, especially for the time. A psychological thriller, with clear influences from Hitchcock and De Palma, but with a strong surreal Lynchian atmosphere. It's a bit over the top at times, but the mix of eroticism, suspense and blood is there, and it would become one of Verhoevens' trademarks.
Really enjoyed this one. Reminiscent in places of Hitchcock, Don't Look Now and The Omen, it somehow manages to be tongue-in-cheek and over-the-top, yet at the same time being serious, unpredictable and compelling. It's filmed beautifully too. And I'm still not sure if Soutendijk is a bad actress or a good actress mastering a blank, inscrutable character. Can't recall another film like it.
An interesting movie, with something unexpected happening every few minutes. Reminds me of Hitchcock at his darkest and wryest, especially when a dead seagull almost falls on the hero's head. Could have benefited from being a bit tighter and even more shocking, like Alfred at his best. But a great early attempt by the young Dutch master.
There is a Lynchean feel to this kinky hypnotic drama despite it precedes Lynch's most significant surreal body of work. It is ambitious in its conception, mixing different subversive elements as a recipe for something special with the shock factor in mind. However ultimately the plot turns out to be pretty conventional, unimaginative, and it all falls flat in the end. Verhoeven still learning the trade.