Lurid exploitation meets art-house exploration, blending slasher movie tropes & soft-core sexuality with deeper philosophical questions regarding social identity, transgression & the 'beast within.' The atmosphere is evocative of the adult fairy tales of Argento, such as Suspiria; the combination of the baroque & the brutal proving Borowczyk's direction no less beautiful & atmospheric. A mesmerising &unsettling work.
A riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that plays out like a Victorian erotic slasher flick that exclusively takes place in an ornate mansion. It's a greatest hits of everything I love about cinema. 100% Grade-A bonkers.
A fine exemplification of boundless cinema. Hilarious, disturbing, beautiful, so lush. That cast! Those costumes! That score! This is the first feature I've seen of his, but as far as I can tell, it clearly reflects his early short, RENAISSANCE, a cyclical motion of ecstatic, cathartic self-destruction. Smells like fellow ex-pat Żuławski, but more Vermeer than Bosch. Daniel Bird is genius, THANK YOU!
Beautifully crafted nightmare, Borowczyk's masterpiece as well as his darkest and most personal. He re-imagines Jekyll/Hyde (and later his demonic bride) as libertine heroes, murdering and raping authority figures and laying waste to the upper middle class all in pursuit of pleasure. The last scenes where the couple go wild, destroying their possessions, fucking, biting at each other's flesh is haunting and hypnotic.