Year Released: 2001
Main Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Flemyng
Last watched: August 2015
Review Date: August 2015
Number Watches: 1
The first half hour is confusing and a bit amateur. Loads of attempts to set various scenarios going but rarely a chance to care about any of them. We jump straight into everything as if this is an hour long episode of some TV horror slot. So far, not good and it only get’s more not gooder. There’s a lot of good set dressing but clearly this isn’t the dirty, Victorian London it claims to be. Johnny’s character is not as mysterious or interesting as they need him to be either and the rest of the plot and script are just a bit dull. Apparently taken from a comic but I imagine the comic is less two-dimensional.
I thought this would be scary and full of intrigue but no, there isn’t a scare in there and the entire thing is incredibly predictable. Mostly looks like people going through the motions on a picture they really hope will have a lot of post production and turn out better but for now gives them a bit of spending cash.
Honestly, does anyone accept clear skinned, gorgeously-styled-red-haired Heather Graham as a Victorian prostitute? Really? Strike a light, guv’nor. The only useful acting is from Robbie, although he’s clearly struggling with the dreadful lines he’s has to try and animate – perhaps Jack got to the film before the actors could save it – and Jason who’s role is so small but he really gets across the sense of despair he must have had after agreeing to do the movie.
Really disappointing and more like a Hammer House Of Horror. Might have been better if made during the 70s and 80s as we accepted a lot of this kind of stuff in those days and there could have been a tendency by the production team to gritty-it-up-a-bit. Dare I say that the two Americans were badly cast? Oh, go on, I dare.
Watch if on TV?
Stone the crows, do wotcha? – no.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Not even a snog, m’lud. We are not amused. Avoid.