Twixt (2011)

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3.5 Overall Score
Story: 2/10
Acting: 2/10
Visuals: 6/10

Some good visuals

Bad acting and story, good visuals are overused

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Twixt

Studio:  American Zoetrope

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  September 4, 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)

MPAA Rating:  R

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Nice night for a walk…with a spirit

Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer) is a B-grade author on a book tour facing problems at home and mounting bills.  When he stops at a small town, he learns that the town once hosted Edgar Allen Poe (Ben Chaplin) and is host to a potential serial killer.  With the town sheriff Bobby LaGrange (Bruce Dern) offering to help write his next story, Hall begins suffering dreams of a haunting ghost girl named Virginia (Elle Fanning), who may or may not be the undead.

Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Twixt is a horror-suspense film.  The movie made some festival tours and released on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2013.  The movie was largely panned by critics.

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So…what are you doing here again?

When I saw Twixt was a Francis Ford Coppola film, I was excited.  I love some of Coppola’s visions and when I saw he had written and directed a horror film, I had high hopes.  Instead of being pleased by Twixt, I was highly disappointed.

The story of Twixt is the biggest problem in Twixt.  You can debate what happened in the film.  You could argue that the whole movie is the author’s story and none of it happened (there is narration through the whole story) or you could say that the movie ends with him being attacked…I found that unlikely to be the case though references to LaGrange’s suicide in the afterwords would indicate his death was real.  This isn’t a bad concept, but the events between the beginning and end are a mess of nonsense dreams…which doesn’t make for scares or good storytelling.

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Scenes like this have a great visual quality to them…

The acting is also quite poor.  I have never been on the Val Kilmer boat and this is another great example of why.  Kilmer didn’t seem to know what he was doing in this film.  When he didn’t know, he went to his old Marlon Brando standby (which he showed in equally bad Island of Dr. Moreau).  Elle Fanning is ok as the creepy vampire girl, and Bruce Dern is over-the-top as the local sheriff.  I do like Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allan Poe in Hall’s visions, but he doesn’t get to do much.  If it is a “story-within-a-story” you can write off the bad acting as the flat characters written by Hall Baltimore.

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Please end my suffering!

The movie does have some interesting visuals…the first time you see them.  The dream-fugue state of Hall Baltimore has a weird quality to it, strange sounding audio, and unreal visuals, but it is overused throughout the short hour and a half film though it does provide the occasional great scene.

Twixt isn’t worth your time.  If your a completist and must see all of Coppola’s films then go ahead and check it out, but that would be the only reason.  If the movie had not been done by Coppola, I do not think it would have been such a disappointment, but with the Coppola name, it is.  I don’t find this film to be artsy or interesting…I find it to be a bore.

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