Film fan, filmaker, film pervert. And general pervert too.
I have yet to enjoy an Ulli Lomell film and it doesn’t seem like that is going to start with The Devonsville Terror. The thing is, it starts and ends really well. We get an opening set 300 years ago with three women being killed, accused of being witches. The highlight being an amazing moment where a girl is tied to a giant cartwheel which is then set on fire and rolled down a hill. Though clearly a dummy, it’s…
I like island set films, as it often gives a film a chance to set up a mood and feel of a place all of it’s own. It’s also a great way to isolate characters in a place. This film does none of these things. A reporter follows a woman to an island and then I’m not even sure what else as it just bores you until your memory doesn’t even work anymore.The images just go in your eyes and straight through, out of the back of your head. It’s a nothing of a film.
I'd been looking forward to this since I saw a sneak preview of some footage at frightfest. I felt it could go either way, either I was going to be really absorbed in the film and love it, or I was going to find it to be a pretentious and just really not get it. It seems that most reviews of this seem to fall in one of those categories and I was glad to find it absolutely superb.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've seen Jacobs Ladder a few times now and the thing I noticed the most this time around, was the fact that the fact he is actually dead is alluded to so often. It's an obvious observation, but one I hadn't taken note of quite so much on previous watches. I don't recall the first time I saw the film, but I can't imagine I saw the ending coming.
Also on this watch, I really took in the grimy New…