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Funny and hilariously dated,
This review is from: Casting the Runes  [DVD] (DVD)
I am unfamiliar with James' stories or this Night of the Demon thing everyone seems to be talking about. This DVD was given to me as a Christmas present and I had no expectations going into it, and therefore had no comparisons to hold this up against. As such, I appear to have been less disappointed than some.
If, like me, you are unfamiliar with this story, and if you are in the right mood, you can get a little something out of this film. That is, if you don't take this as a serious piece of filmmaking, then it's amusing enough and I could even see a cult following for this film, possibly. It is incredibly dated, and to me, that alone has some entertainment value, if you look at it as a type of period drama, something out of the Dark Shadows era/ilk. The story is not scary in the slightest, and there definitely were some plot holes and bad stage props (and seriously, if you're going to make a film about casting runes, you might want to research what they actually look like... they're not the Greek alphabet, for Pete's sake), but I thought that low-fi quality added to the charm. Evidently the film was meant to be taken seriously - I didn't take it seriously at all and laughed at its flaws instead, and that made for an enjoyable enough time watching it. Had I been truly looking for a creepy ghost story with a watertight plot and stellar acting and set design, yes, I'd have been very disappointed. It was an amusing, low production quality, nostalgic diversion, but that said, it's unlikely to make me want to watch it a second time.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2013 19:33:57 BDT
True enough. It's not the Citizen Kane of made-for-television supernatural thrillers and does show its age, but it has a certain character or charm. And Iain Cuthbertson is cool.
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