re-rating. The cinephile that i was raged before of what i considered to be an exhibitionism of bad taste. This before John Woo's doves and the discovery of the Giallo, that diabolical source of excesses and outrages. Despite Scott's heavy machinery (here more light), the metaphor of blood as poison, of poison as life and blood as a creation of death, goes perfectly through the fleeting visual fulminations.
Go for the surfaces. Stay for the surfaces. You don't want to try and go deep. Keep to to the skin. Probably made to watch stoned. By people who were stoned. A lot of drugs went into the making of this movie and the America in which it happened. Mr. Scott stands alone as having made a relatively big budget movie of this era obviously formally influenced by Alain Resnais. To be is to be seen ... looking good.
Better on 2nd viewing: THE CONFORMIST meets DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS meets the 80s. I hate to say it but in general I don't agree with the "Tony Scott as auteur" ordaned eulogies given after his death but he was not untalented and this is a great film he did before he got stuck in the action genre or whatever. When I watch this alone I see what they see until I think of other work. He needed better stories & casts.
Total crap. Despite a great title sequence featuring Bauhaus playing "Bela Lugosi's Dead," David Bowie starring in it and having a sex scene with Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve, I'm forced to say the only redeeming points of this movie were everything I just mentioned plus a topless Ann Magnuson and absolutely nothing else. And despite my love of boobs, a few sets of them should not be the highlight of a movie.
Its all over the place but the strongest moments are pretty hard to deny. As a debut film however its pretty impressive, I have no doubt if Tony had continued down this road he would've long ago surpassed his brother.
Slick, stylish, and original 80s vampire film is entertaining despite some dated, cheesy moments. Director Tony Scott brings an extraordinary visual sense, though his commercial background is all to evident - at times the film resembles an expensive perfume ad. Maybe it is an exercise in style over substance, but this is one of the more memorable vampire films out there.