Monday, August 5, 2013

TWIXT (2012) - Coppola's Return to Horror?

Twixt, the new movie from Francis Ford Coppola, just hit Blu-ray a couple of weeks ago. It marks a return to horror for Coppola who hasn’t directed or written within the genre since Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992. That doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been around behind the scenes or in the Producer’s chair. He produced both Jeepers Creepers films, Sleepy Hollow and Frankenstein as directed by Kenneth Brannaugh. He’s done plenty of non-horror films since then and this one is just on the cusp. It doesn’t quite attack the audience like Dracula. It woos you. Gently caresses you into the strange world of a writer who finds himself playing detective who happens to meet up with a phantom. This one only dabbled in the film fest circuit with a limited theatrical run so this will most likely be the first chance you get to see it.


A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have

This is a murder mystery picture. That means you’ll be playing around with theories about whodunit while trying to get yourself in the mood to be scared. Unfortunately the scares don’t really show up. The iconic moments you may remember fro B.S’s Dracula are long gone. The huge set pieces have vanished; this isn’t a period piece after all and I think that’s where Coppola does his best work. I’ll give it the horror brand because of supernatural moments and overall dark foreboding feeling that looms toward the end of the picture, but the rest of it is a detective story that follows a somewhat humorous, eccentric Val Kilmer through his journey of discovery.

Kilmer is excellent. He always is or maybe I always enjoy his performances. I don’t get to see him much anymore which is to say his work doesn’t seem to cross into the realm of the macabre. Glad to see him. Witty, funny, bumbling at times… it’s a good role for him. He plays it well. And Bruce Dern… that guy is just a master. Watching him play the skeptical sheriff with more than a hint of paranoia is natural and off-putting exactly as it is supposed to be.

It’s a good movie. It’s a solid movie. Good story and it’ll wrap you up. Not the strongest finish but you’ll enjoy the way Coppola can draw out a performance from accomplished actors in a genre piece. Don’t expect scares. Don’t expect a true horror show and don’t believe the cover. It’s a fine cover, but it’s not as creepy as all that.

You can pick up Twixt through the link below on Blu-ray, DVD or VOD.


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