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Twixt [Blu-ray]

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Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning star in this terrifying horror film written and directed by Academy Awardr Winner Francis Ford Coppola.* Kilmer plays Hall Baltimore, a writer on a book tour who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be source material for his next novel. But as Hall investigates the killing, he finds himself confronted by chilling nightmares, including the ghost of a young girl (Fanning). As he uncovers more horrifying revelations, Hall will discover that the story has more to do with his own life than he could ever have imagined.

Though often visually arresting, Twixt is a deeply eccentric attempt by writer-director Francis Ford Coppola to spin a supernatural story with arthouse intentions. Val Kilmer is top-billed as a faded horror author whose book-signing excursion to a strange small town pulls him into the orbit of a boorish small-town sheriff (Bruce Dern) with his own literary intentions--specifically, a novel based on a string of unsolved child murders, with the victims buried under a local hotel that once gave refuge to Edgar Allan Poe. Kilmer's investigation ping-pongs between his dreary reality, filled with squabbles with his ex-wife (Kilmer's real-life ex, Joanne Whalley) and oceans of booze, and vivid visions of a mystery girl (Elle Fanning) and the death of his own daughter (echoing the loss of Coppola's own son, Gio, who is credited as "creative associate"). Though the trappings of a chilly spook show are evident around the edges of Twixt, and the picture looks sumptuous thanks to Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master), it lapses too frequently into baffling bits of camp, most notably the appearance of Ben Chaplin as an addled Poe, a dreadfully silly biker gang that seems pulled from an Eisenhower-era effort by Coppola's former employer, Roger Corman, and Kilmer poking sour fun at his own past by imitating Brando and evoking Jim Morrison. Though early word of Twixt, which saw Coppola reworking the picture in real time according to the reaction of preview audiences, was intriguing, the final product is neither odd enough to court a cult audience nor ambitious or interesting enough to appease fans of the filmmaker or the genre. The Blu-ray includes a making-of documentary directed by Coppola's granddaughter, Gia, which reveals the film's origin--a nightmare spawned by a rowdy evening in Istanbul. --Paul Gaita

Product Details

  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin, Joanne Whalley
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Adriana Rotaru, Anahid Nazarian, Fred Roos, Jim Hays
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By robhartj on July 20, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I love all kinds of movies from all genres whether they are mainstream released or independent distributed. A good movie is a good movie. Out of all the genres, I have always enjoyed a good horror movie. But even more, I enjoy mysterious Gothic horror movies!

I read the negative reviews and expected to hate the movie. But I ended up enjoying it! This movie is, like many reviewers have stated, very different from Francis Ford Coppolas previous works. Mr. Coppola has directed some of the greatest films ever made and many were destroying this film because it wasn't like the rest of his filmography. This happens to be one of the best Horror films in recent memory. I can see why this wasn't released nationwide in theaters because of it's independent art house feel. But I still thought this was better than a lot of the Horror movies that were graced with a nationwide theater count. The look of the film doesn't look like a typical horror movie in theaters, but it also doesn't look like direct-to-video quality. This is a great ghost, murder mystery movie with mesmerizing Gothic visuals. It almost had a 90s feel. The vibe of the film with its small town eerie setting reminded me of the John Carpenter classic "In the Mouth of Madness" at times. The acting is decent. Val Kimmer is okay as the lead and Elle Fanning is showing that she has more acting capabilities than her sister Dakotah. The make-up effects for the ghostly character V and others were simple yet haunting and clever. The cinematography is nicely done. One other memorable aspect of the film was the eerie soundtrack. It is beautiful and creepy at the same time which helps with the tone of the film. This movie as a whole reminded me of an R rated Goosebumps movie. I mean that in a good way.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C Elderkin on June 26, 2013
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This movie has as many faces as the clock tower, so it is not easily defined. An homage to 80's grindhouse as much as it is an old fashioned thriller, as much as it is a comedy, as much as it is a noir. This movie is going to be hard to pin down and define for everyone. It is certainly a horror story in some sense, but somehow more than that. It has a little bit of everything, even an appearance of Edgar Allen Poe! Watch with the same enthusiasm and open mind that you would a movie with Bruce Campbell directed by Sam Raimi, and you wont be disappointed. I laughed, I was scared, and I enjoyed the imagery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Brady on September 10, 2013
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A movie inspired by a dream Coppola had in Istanbul, the movie is atmospheric rather than frightening and not particularly gory. If you like the recent movies of Coppola like Tetro and Youth without Youth, you will like this one. If you're looking for Apocalyse Now or The Godfather, you will be disappointed.
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"Twixt" is an oddball Gothic thriller cum imaginative fantasy concerning a low-selling novelist and author (played by everyone's favorite Caped Crusader, Val Kilmer) named Hall Baltimore ("Hall away!" I say) who is attempting to break away from writing witch stories and get into something else--why not something macabre instead of supernatural? Well, like reality and fantasy, the lines begin to get blurry for Baltimore as he stops into a small town where he simply tries to sell some more of his stock but instead gets involved with a wily sheriff and wannabe author (played hilariously by Bruce Dern). See that the DVD cover of this item not trouble your heart: "Twixt" is by no means a horror film, but there is some blood and much Gothic imagery about; in fact, "Twixt" is commendable for its Gothic settings and its subtle and restrained handling of violence (for the most part). A nifty beginning imagines a routine detective story, but "Twixt" is creative enough to take us to a Ouija board game that turns weird, a shimmeringly Gothic dream that involves a pretty young blonde with braces, a troubled relationship between the book editor and his wife, and even a close-up run through of the numerous vocal impressions that the gifted Kilmer can do (the James Mason impression is hilarious). Now all of this may sound like madness, but in fact for the weary cinephile it is all peculiarly refreshing. I expected a vampire/horror picture, but this one goes to so many other places that you'll feel that you have to watch it a couple of more times to get it all. Unfortunately, Edgar Allan Poe shows up in a dream here and many reviewers might unfavorably compare this more subdued representation with the more robust one offered by Cusack in "The Raven" (oh boy).Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on August 22, 2013
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***Slight plot spoiler review as I explain what I think is going on, but not the ending***

Attempting to come to terms with the death of his daughter, a down on his luck horror author finds himself in the small town of Swan Valley, one that has its own haunted tale. The film uses human parallels to create a story.

Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer) is convinced by Sheriff Bobby LaGrange (Bruce Dern) to stay in town and collaborate on a book he is working on. The town has a bell tower with 7 clocks all with a different time to illustrate the timelessness of tales. As Baltimore dreams he sees the crime of children being murdered as shown to him by Edgar Allen Poe (Ben Chaplin) his writer alter ego. There is the mysterious V, or Virginia (Elle Fanning) the vampire who represents his own daughter Vicky. We see this symbolism as he attempts to write the tale confusing Vicky with Virginia and as he talks to Poe, who is sometimes not there.

It is an interesting tale that is filled with mystery and light on the vampire and horror part. I think the film would had been better with the "1408" John Cusack in the starring role instead of Kilmer. Not a film for everyone, but it kept me engaged.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. The blood was light outside of one spray.
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