Oct. 10, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST
Oct. 10, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST
I could have been first. I'm such a loser!
Oct. 10, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
wouldn't mind a few that aren't a million years old...
Oct. 10, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST
Every time I see his name, I get great nostalgia for his old Ripley's Believe it or Not show that he hosted back in the 80s. That man could convey creepy like no other actor, even as a host setting up documentary-like segments. Never heard of this movie. I'll have to see if I can find it.
Oct. 10, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST
Jesus Quint. Have you seen ANY horror films?
Oct. 10, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST
Oct. 10, 2010, 9 p.m. CST
I'm surprised Quint didn't mention that this is based on the Marie Belloc-Lowndes novel The Lodger, which was Hitchcock's first feature (though he changed the ending so the lodger is not Jack) and was made, extremely well, with Laird Cregar in 1943 or so by John (Hans) Brahm. That's one of the best creepy thrillers of the 40s, one of the few that comes so close to the kind of air of mental unhealthiness we've had in recent serial killer movies; it (and its followup with Cregar, Hangover Square) are highly recommended.
Oct. 10, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST
Seriously where's the story?
Oct. 10, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Jack...don't forget...your lucky deck!
Oct. 10, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
...but you didn't notice this was a remake of the lodger? Next you'll be telling us you haven't seen Pandora's Box.
Oct. 10, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST
Where? where is the cool news , I looked under the bed but it wasn't there , and obviously not on this webshite...I mean site.....errr....????ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Z Z Z Z ! *
Oct. 10, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST
Oct. 10, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST
...is that they invariably claim to "have always been fascinated by X topic", describe their fascination in some half-assed way, and then prove their ultimate ignorance. Look at any given 10 reviews by an AICN staffer, Harry is especially good for this, and you'll see this pop up in 7 or 8 of them. If the film is about giraffes, you'll get some nonsense about how "giraffes have always endlessly fascinated me. Their long necks, their spots, those weird horns...what else can I say? How do they stay upright for so long? Simply a fascinating and wondrous beast that has interested me from time immemorial." When, of course, they haven't given giraffes a single thought in their lives. So though Quint says he's fascinated by Jack the Ripper he doesn't mention Pandora's Box or The Lodger, the latter of which this film was directly based on. The only other film he mentions is Time After Time, a geek classic one doesn't need to be "endlessly fascinated" by this time period or figure to have seen and, I'd wager, the only other Ripper film he's seen. I'm sure The Prophecy review will say something like, "Ah yes, strange alien fetuses...I've always been fascinated by them. The way they're gnarled and look like an egg has been a great inspiration *random life event*." Etc. Keep an eye out for this in other AICN reviews and you'll see it time and again. Not trying to hate on Quint, he seems like a good dude, but is this a requisite skill all AICN writers need to learn? Seriously, don't worry about proclaiming your deep personal history with a subject unless it's actually true.
Oct. 11, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST
That seems to be a harsh assessment in this case...being interested in Jack the Ripper might not mean you like Jack the Ripper movies...but maybe he's just into the books. But yeah...I do agree with you that happens a lot with some other folks around here... Also..good review...I love this Column.
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Oct. 11, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST
Get ready to be freaked out by a crazy but hot Catherine Deneuve.
Oct. 11, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
there's only so much time in a day - no one can watch everything
Oct. 11, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST
This movie is another adaptation of the book THE LODGER, or you could say a remake of the two previous movie versions, the first a silent movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. So, basically, MAN IN THE ATTIC is THE LODGER by another name. And with plot changes, as in, in the two previous movies were dubious or ambiguous about the innocence or culpability of the lodger as a murderer. I have been collecting the various film adaptations of The Lodger story, and there was a recent remake/re-imagining/whatever it's called this days made in 2008 (i think) with Hope Davis as the landlady and Alfred molina as the cop in charge of the investigation, and it's set in LA.
Oct. 11, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST
...you're doing another pedanski film?!?! the bank transfers from france to austin must be innumerable! you guys will just not stop whoring his shit!
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST
You said some stupid fucking shit.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST
...Grant Morrison's Red Jack in The Doom Patrol: Jack the Ripper is God who's divine powers have diminished over the years. He's grown quite insane and the Ripper killings were botched attempts at creating new lifeforms using human body parts as building blocks.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST
...great Bowie album.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST
or was it the pickles? Aunt Bee knows.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST
You telling me that Jack The Ripper was a guy who was trying to pull a Frankenstein, in that comic? He was building himself a bride?
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST
destroyed portable gaming as we know it. I can get up from my theater pc and continue my game on anything with a screen. We need to let Jobs know that he will be killed outright if he attempts to prevent this service on iPad. Just fucking murdered
Oct. 11, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST
Poorly done, with a bad Hitchcock impersonator and stupid collapsing fourth wall ending.
Oct. 11, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST
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Oct. 11, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST
has anyone seen the original Lodger film? I'm a huge fan of Hitchcock but am umfamiliar with his really early silent era work, and would be interested to know what folk think of his first ever feature film
Oct. 11, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST
was my favorite Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde combo in that old Dan Curtis TV production from '68 or whenever.
Oct. 11, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST
I have seen most of it, still to see the 3rd act. Mostly plays like most silent movies, but there's some Hitchcockean touches which are fun to notice with hindsight. Visually it's pretty impressive, Hitch really learned lots from his stay at UFA.
Oct. 11, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST
It is his first surviving movie. He made movies before THE LODGER, but they are all now lost movies. Happened a lot during the silent era. In fact, there's more lost movies then those that are still around and known from that era.
Oct. 11, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST
by The Dreaded Rear Admiral
Someone uploaded quite a few good episodes of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" to YouTube. THat was one I watched yesterday, followed by the interestingly named "Chopper". Heh, if I say The Chopper's name three times, will The Chopper appear?
Oct. 11, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST
Such a great way to catch up on movies we've never seen. You inspired me to do the same Halloween marathon. Now on my second year, I'm posting write ups as well. Will be interesting to see how much overlap we have (since both using Netflix Instant). Check it out http://wp.me/165o5 Follow along for updates on twitter @dumbricht
Oct. 11, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
may look this one up
Oct. 12, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST
thanks for the info. I didn't know he had made films prior to The Lodger, but it's a shame they are now lost. Anyways, I hope to be able to see this film at some point. I think the earliest Hitchcock film I have seen is Blackmail, which is a really entertaining movie