Though I still remembered the basic plot of the remake (that I watched as a child) the original still felt like multiple knife stabs at the heart. Though some of the motivation is ridiculous enough, Donnadieu and Bervoets totally fucking sell these two obsessed men perfectly.
idk, I wanted so badly to take it seriously overtime I watched it...I love the idea of a man killing for the thrill of it, to see if he could get away with it, to see what it would feel like. there's just no passion involved. without any passion in something as gruesome as this story, there's no believability.
Un conséquent succès public et médiatique, mais aussi et d'abord littéraire, qui incita - à tort - le metteur en scène batave (d'origine française), George Sluizer, d'en faire un remake aux States en 1993, pour une oeuvre somme toute prenante à souhait, avec un BP Donnadieu toujours excellent dans son étonnante interprétation, froide et lucide, d'un hallucinant psychopathe pervers et démoniaque. www.cinefiches.com
Would that I could've seen this before "calculated sociopath daylighting as banal schlub" weren't the focal point of of our trash culture. Because buddy, I'm sick to death of those stories. Even so, this movie fucking rules--Sluizer poured over the ornamental details, the editing, etc, and the tension & ambiguity are on point.
two sociopaths: one chaotic, banal, and extroverted and the other controlled, exceedingly clever, and reserved. a gradual buildup of resentment and total absence of pity for the former and fascination for the latter that resolutely flips. terrible non-diegetic music.
The kind of movie Hitchcock or Chabrol would love to have directed. Maybe today, in a bold move ,they could have had come with this. It somehow feels like a meta-thriller. In that sense, playing with the genre itself, it would have been a fantastic ending if we wouldn't have known what had happened. Still, the actual ending is absolutely great.
THE VANISHING deserves multiple viewings. Having seen it only once, it very well may deserve 5 stars, but for now, I'm going with my first-viewing experience. What impressed me most about Sluizer's film is it's unique structure and perspective. It's a cold, straight-forward, dark film that matches it's central subject - a sociopathic serial killer. It's a brutal film that leaves you twisted in horror and shock.
A well structured film with a great cast. Love how they flesh out the antagonist. The score is creepy which gives the movie an air of uneasiness. Though, I have to say. It's a bit overrated no thanks to it's predictable twist that many people were raving about. Still highly recommended for those who are curious.
I find it hard to put my feelings and thoughts about this film into words. I absolutely loved it! I thought it was brilliantly done and I was on the edge of my seat all the way till the credits rolled on the screen. Right from the start this is a very different type of horror film. I loved the non-linear style of storytelling. Everyone should see The Vanishing at least once in their lifetime.
incredibly intriguing and incredibly rewarding. it gave me all sorts of questions and had the kindness to follow through on all of their answers, which my curiosity loves. and the ending -- that takes a lot of guts. i was impressed. as a whole, it's shot really well -- and every now and then a really beautiful shot sneaks into it. my kind of horror film for sure. no jump scares, just tension.