4 stars for the synthwave horror masterpiece this could've been if it hadn't been cut to shreds by the studio. The first appearance of the monster where he's covered head to toe in hypnotic swirls of fog is one of the most gorgeous and mesmerizing images Michael Mann has ever executed.
I don't know if John Garfield ever played the devil but if he never did that's okay because that's pretty much who he plays here. Listening to his silver tongue bring out the darkness in his brother and his girlfriend felt no different than any time I've watched a great actor take on Satan.
The ending is one of my favorites of the 40s. It hits a powerful emotional note, forgoing the restoration of law and order, or at least…
The bell sequence that closes this film is the best directed sequence I've ever seen. This movie, along with thinking about what draws me to David Lynch's work, pushed me towards believing in a higher power. Not Rublev's Jesus, but the ineffable power that manifests in the toil of the artisans swept up in the young bellmaker's passion. Great art, like the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, probes the depths of the soul, revealing to us there is one.
Seriously underrated. This is the horror/mystery/conspiracy thriller I never knew I wanted. Didn't feel the runtime at all. Loved all the lore, and its philosophical outlook, laid out in Stephen Root's cameo, is genuinely chilling.
It's kinda wack that the comic it's based on is only credited to the writer, Cullen Bunn, and not the artist, Vanesa Del Rey, as well, though. :/