A story that is grounded in reality just as it is in mythos, is presented as a majestic mixture of trash counterculture, satanic period piece and psychological horror that transcends time periods, nightmares and news reports. Profound screenplay and sharp dialogues - along with demonically distorted music and imagery that is both refined and disturbing - make this one of the most ambitious modern entries of the genre
Palpabile è il male che si aggira nella cittadina di Salem ed è magnifico il crescendo che porta all'incredibile finale. Pellicola che crea disagio e scene veramente disturbanti. Cura visiva eccellente che valorizza ogni istante della storia. Numerose le scene visivamente stimolanti e che restano impresse. Ottimo uso della musica, che porta messaggi nel tempo e nello spazio. I personaggi creano un microcosmo riuscito
One more tribute from Zombie to the trash cinema of the 70s. Tries to go for a visual experience in the movie's finale, but really fails in evoking anything meaningful and/or aesthetically pleasing. One could say it is style over substance, but even the style part is not really working that well.
My favorite of Zombie's films thus far. Honestly it's just as gauche as the rest of his ouvre but this hits a sweet spot between homage and genuine artistic inspiration. None of it makes much sense and the butterball turkey Satan is a low point, but the images are striking overall and seeing Patricia Quinn and Dee Wallace witch it up makes for a grand old time.
Oddly, Zombie's most subtle film is one of his weakest, although he improves his camera eye and has dramatic emotion between the characters. Sherri Moon Zombie also gives an empathetic performance, like in a phone conversation with Jeff Daniel Phillips towards the end that is truly touching. However, it tries to go for scares more often than this character drama, and fear wise it's too safe and not urgent enough.
I've always liked the no-script-hard-to-tell kind of movie, specially when it comes to horror movies. In a genre where almost nothing is really working nowadays, Zombie gives us at least a pair of remarkably surreal scenes and some semi-nudes of his girlfriend. Not art, but my kind of no-art.