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5.0 out of 5 stars
An ancient Greek tragedy+horror movie, 21 Sept. 2001
This is a macabre story of a doomed person who is killing small children just because he can't stop himself. There the most magnificent( in my point of view) scenes where he is escaping after his current murder. The close-up shows the face of the cowering beast, wide open eyes full of terror and fear.Like in the ancient tragedy he knows that he is condemned and he is just waiting for his destiny and has nothing to do about that. The end of the story is so dubious that even 70 years later we still can't tell what was the purpose of the author(maybe this ambiguousness was his very purpose). The maniac is caught by the criminals who felt that he just spoilt their reputation in the eyes of the respectful burgers. THey commit the judgement over him and pose as a real Court. This scene is fairly considered to be one of the most horrible scenes ever shot in the cinema. The criminals judge the maniac in the touching harmony with the police. And from this point of view we feel almost confession towards this creature.