Saturday, 24 January 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 37: Fri Feb 6

Darkman (Raimi, 1990): Prince Charles Cinema, 11.30pm


This 35mm screening is part of the Late Night at the Prince Charles season. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Writer-director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead and its sequels) hit the big time with this 1990 fantasy-thriller about a scientist (Liam Neeson) disfigured by villains who transforms himself into a grisly avenger, unable to feel pain and getting angrier by the minute. Raimi's flair for jazzy visual effects and extravagant action sequences, combined with direction that's full of punch and energy, makes this the best pop roller-coaster ride around. Unlike Tim Burton's Batman, this shows a sensibility that really likes and understands comic books (although echoes of such film classics as Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame aren't far behind, and be prepared for a fair amount of nastiness and gore). Frances McDormand plays the hero's dour girlfriend, and Raimi collaborated with Chuck Pfarrer, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, and Joshua Goldin on the script. With Colin Friels and Larry Drake.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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