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The Barber

Malcolm Mcdowell , Brenda James , Michael Bafaro    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: Malcolm Mcdowell, Brenda James, Jeremy Ratchford
  • Directors: Michael Bafaro
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Cvc
  • Run Time: 90.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWRYC


Scende l'oscurità della notte sulla piccola città di Revelstoke e Dexter Miles, il barbiere, sa che un freddo inverno sta arrivando. Ma qualcosa di tremendo è successo: il corpo senza vita di Lucy Walters è riaffiorato dalla neve non sarebbe dovuto succedere prima della primavera! Ore le autorità statali verranno ad indagare, ma in fondo a Dexter tutto questo piace. Avrà di nuovo la possibilità di sentirsi eccitato come non si sentiva da anni: dovrà uccidere ancora! Sarà un lungo inverno per la città di Revelstoke, un lungo inverno rosso sangue!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Claustrophobic Chiller 24 Nov 2006
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"The Barber" is a tale of a small Alaskan town that discovers a serial killer on the loose as they are stocking up and settling themselves in for a hard winter.

The story is told through the eyes of the local barber - who knows everyone, and hears each of their stories and opinions as he cuts their hair. As suspicion falls from one person to the next in the close-knit community, the FBI arrives. The film becomes a tale about the individuals in the community; gradually revealing their stories and their secrets, from the inexperienced and often incompetent local Sheriff's Department to lonely members of the community indulging in unexpected relationships with their trusted neighbours. And it's because of that community trust that innocent girls are beginning to fall prey to a bigger threat than winter, or the S.A.D disorder that afflicts the towns inhabitants because of it.

There are a couple of nice edges to this film, one being the genuine sense of claustrophobia, as if the viewers too are hemmed into a town in the far north, surrounded by a 24 hour darkness and cut off by heavy snows. Another is McDowell's portrayal as the local barber, the town's agony-uncle and diplomat, though one who occasionally slips up and shows his off-kilter side.

I got this film very cheaply on Amazon and because of that, didn't expect too much from it; but it was a nice surprise and a worthwhile purchase. Seasonal, too ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A well made little tale. 20 Jan 2008
Set in the Far North of Alaska in the 24 hour darkness of the winter which is an all-important thread to this story in a small town of some 250 or so inhabitants which are reducing in number all the time as the serial killer is on the prowl.Malcolm McDowell plays Dexter Mills the towns barber to whom all the menfolk tell their problems and all the latest gossip.The sheriff and his deputies are basically incompetent with this type of crime and the volume and it's not too long before the FBI come on the scene.But the murders continue and so do the ironies but to say more would spoil the story. Well worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a place you want to be in! 5 Dec 2010
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Malcolm McDowell plays Dexter Mills the barber/agony uncle in this small town of 250 or so inhabitants which appears to be getting smaller in number by the week as there is a serial killer on the loose just as the long dark winter is about to close in where there are going to be days of 24 hours of darkness and there is a local Police Force that are unfortunately undermanned and incapable of dealing with such a serious crime.
All the towns mensfolk tell our Dexter their problems - after all if you can't tell things to harmless old Dexter, then who can you tell them to? And sometimes, just sometimes he's got a way of solving it all for you.Even the Sheriff talks to him-in confidence of course. Before long the FBI enter the scene but the murders continue and..........well, it's well worth purchasing this DVD to watch.Don't be put off by the negative review which is c.ap and you can see is that reviewers ONLY review.I promise I have NO shares in the producing company!
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After reading the synopsis I was really looking forward seeing the movie, I was very disappointed. As a fan of psychological horror, I thought the plot had a lot to offer, but the film is let down by uninspired direction and an appallingly clichéd script. The resulting movie is so predictable that you will want to give up half way through - do - it does not get any better. If it were possible to give this film no stars, I would. My advice is to avoid this trite tale.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychopaths and serial killers 7 Mar 2005
By Luan Gaines - Published on
"The only people who make the news are psychopaths and serial killers." So begins the narrative of the local barber, Dexter Mills (Malcolm McDowell), who watches as the town of Revelstoke, Alaska, slides toward panic with each new murder that is visited upon their small town. Everyone who lives in Revelstoke suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a result of the 24-hour darkness that afflicts this part of the world at a certain time every year.

Slyly narrating, Mills is the consummate actor, always gregarious, listening avidly to gossip or the sheriff's woes, the absurdity of the investigation, even the lovelorn stories of young women who find him comforting: "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Dexter has plenty to say about the murders, the incompetent FBI agents, his neighbors and the bumbling police. He warns in advance of his eccentricities, as the bodies fall, one after another, "I can tell you from experience, psychopaths hold grudges. I never forgive."

This small Alaskan town is literally blind-sided by the murderer that strikes from nowhere, lurking under the cover of eternal night that weighs upon all the residents. Dexter Mills is the natural center for assorted conversations, never under the least suspicion, watching, listening, either in the barber shop or the local pub, where the citizens gather, drinking away their fears.

McDowell is at his grisly best, carrying on his monologue for the entertainment of the audience, making us his confidants. The other characters are merely window dressing for McDowell's acting prowess, the Police Chief (Jeremy Ratchford) and a number of supporting actors who serve as fodder for the psychopath whose identity is evident from the first. Eerie and seductive, Mills manages to escape the notice of law enforcement, his clever machinations directing the actions of his unwitting pawns. A final thought: "If you think you know a psychopath, you're probably right." Luan Gaines/ 2005.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anticritic Reviews The Barber 3 Jan 2003
By TS - Published on
Hair today, dead tomorrow, life goes on. In a remote town in the far north of the world lies a town where citizens die out of blue, but to [heck] if they die without great hair thanks to the barber known as Dexter Miles (Malcolm McDowell). In a town where everybody sleeps with the same woman, hunters kill in the off season, and the chief of police is about as smart as the village idiot one would never suspect a serial killer to waste his time messing with these people since their existence alone is as depressing as the 24 hr darkness they live in.
Suffice to say, bodies of the few and pretty women of the town start showing up and the chief's answer is to get irate about his fax machine. The locals know the answer to this of course, it's called S.A.D. which stands for Seasonal Affection Disorder and blame the darkness for making people crazy. ... With all of this going on who would ever think it would be the one man who wields a blade as a living?
Wonderful serial killer flick with a smooth mix of dark comedy and thriller fare. Malcolm McDowell was the only known star in this and the main role as the satirical mass murdering barber was made for him and no one else. He also narrates through most of it and with his voice that only helps.
The town is covered in darkness throughout the entirety of it's runtime and it only brings out joy from me. Living in darkness would be wonderful, minus a barber that imbibes in killing of customers of course. This brings a wonderful morose mood to the movie and FOR ONCE the serial killer isn't some lame one dimensional single tracked fiend set out on getting himself caught no matter what. Malcolm's character is written very well and in a scene where he says "Come here I have a nice sink to do you in" makes me crack up everytime cause when you see it you'll know why, it just works on so many levels. Not to mention his comments throughout the film are just observations on people's preconceptions of psychopaths and are not only great satire, but also make since and can even dare I say, be informative.
Slick production and some nice Canadian supporting actors make this a sure fire hit that people will surely pass off as a cheap horror movie. Nothing horror about it really, if you love dark comedy it's perfect.
The only thing wrong with this movie is that I couldn't stop laughing long enough to see some scenes. Wonderful flick.
Eventhough it is funny throughout, I digress to say that the comedy in this is dark and you have to have the right sense of humor to enjoy that. It mostly tries to be a thriller so don't feel bad if you don't laugh....maybe i'm just "special".
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Barber" - a must see! 20 Nov 2003
By K. Kresina - Published on
"The Barber" - not your average murder mystery, this movie tells the tale of a serial killer (in his own words, no less!) who attempts to evade justice. His latest victim is discovered sooner than he thinks, and it is highly amusing to watch Dexter (McDowell) play along with the bumbling idiots on the case. What tops this movie is Malcolm's brilliant acting - he is extremely good, and makes the viewer root for him, although he is portraying a murderer! You want him to get away with it, as he eventually does, in the end. A must see for any Malcolm McDowell fan
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alex is back! 3 Feb 2005
By rsub8a - Published on
The plot of this film, at least in the exposition phase, seems predictable, as is the identity of the killer. However, that's just fine, in my opinion, because what's most entertaining about this film is the way the plot and choice of cast are intertwined.

If you ever wondered what ever eventually happened to Alex in the film "A Clockwork Orange," well, here is one possible answer to that question. Malcolm McDowell, in a way, reprises the role, but in an obtuse, cynical, low-key manner that provides an extra dimension to savor while watching the film. Playing the title character, he sometimes rewards you with an Alex-inspired leer or behavioral quirk that could only have been inserted or deliberately encouraged by the director, aware of McDowell's performance in Orange. The narrative bent of Orange also is mirrored here. This adds a black comedic, "inside joke" element to what, at least at first glance, seems an almost formulaic slasher flick.

To reveal more about the plot might ruin the growing tension caused as awareness of the film's direction unfolds. The surprises mount towards the end, capped by an interesting twist that culminates in: is he going to get away with it? If you haven't already seen Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, and can stomach that film's graphic depiction of extreme violence (though this aspect is very much downplayed in The Barber), it's a good move to have viewed Orange first, to improve appreciation of all of The Barber's facets.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Since I run I got an advance copy 5 Nov 2002
By Alex Thrawn - Published on
Wow! This is one great movie. I was impressed at how much fun this simple little film could be. Low budget, small amount of set changes and no special effects. I love it. A near perfect film and another great leading role in the 2000s after Gangster No.1.
I first heard about the film when I got the press release and people in Canada started emailing me about it in April 2001. One guy on the set said this is the one to watch and Malcolm said to me how much fun it was. I have been looking forward to it ever since and was not disappointed. I think the plot was perfectly done because it wasn't about figuring out who the killer was, it was getting inside his mind and seeing how normal he was. The great thing is that he narrated the film. I think that is the secret. If Malcolm narrates his film it is going to be great. He did it for A Clockwork Orange, Assassin of the Tsar + Gangster No. 1...need I say more?
It might be billed as a horror film, but it is not. It has more of a Twin Peaks kind of feel. Both start out with a murder of a girl who you don't know anything about and only learn a little at time as the film goes on. Plus both have a male out of town agent who the women like to come in to solve the case. Both take place on an isolated area of the west coast in the US. What makes The Barber fun is that the focus isn't on the horror, the killing or sex. It is on the characters and the psychological aspect of the story and their personalities. There are four murders, but no blood and guts, no killing blows or struggle are shown. We only find out about the killings after the fact. They also show dark very well. It is like another character - the never ending darkness during the winter months of Alaska. In fact, besides the opening scene, the whole film was set at night. You can imagine how it would get to you - waking up and it is dark, dark at noon, dark at night....endless night. They call it S.A.D. - seasonal affective disorder. I don't think the whole film was shot at night though, it looks like some of the dark was digitally added.
Malcolm does the classic Anthony Perkins Psycho role. Seems nice enough, but slips in and out of insanity and he knows it. This means he is smart enough to stay ahead of the law. This also means there was no crappy ending where he gets killed, though the murder of the doctor at the end would easily be traced back to him...unless they just chalked it up to Vance and let it go. He has a couple of great lines and really plays it straight - no over the top crazy antics. He talks to us just like a regular guy which is the point - you never really know when a psychopath could be right next to you.. There is never any explanation or back story as to why he committed the crimes. The only hint is when he is telling the guys the personal involvement of strangling someone as opposed to just shooting thm.
The other actors also did well especially Jeremy and Garwin. You could feel the tension when they weren't getting along which added to the excitement. The girls were OK, but were mainly just there to wind up dead. Jewels is somewhat annoying as the dippy young woman. There is no reason given why she wants her hair done strawberry, to appeal to Crawley? Then the next scene she has it completely washed out!? And when she shows up at Dex's she complains how cold it is and takes off her coat - only wearing a small belly shirt underneath!? The soundtrack was by Peter Allen and it was pretty cool, but sounded way too much like Danny Elfman - he needs to get his own style going. The last point is I don't understand why they filmed it in Revelstoke Canada, but called it Revelstoke Alaska in the film.
I can't recommend getting a hold of this film as fast as you can. In the credits it mentions Dolby sound in select theaters, so it looks like it was planned for a theatrical release, but they changed their minds and put it straight to video. This is a good way to save money, but disappointing for those of us who would love to see it in the theater. Mistakes in a great film won't bother me unless they are obvious. There are shots you can tell that were not filmed together. Malcolm leaves the barber shop and it is snowing. He looks across the street when Agent Crawley pulls up and the angle changes. Now it isn't snowing. Cut back - snow, cut back - no snow. Also with all these shots of it snowing there is never any snow buildup in the town streets. Also the Danny Elfman wannabe soundtrack is out of place sometimes. That is why I subtracted a half point from my rating.
Rating 9.5/10
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