The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films. Written by
Early in the film, Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) tells Ed (Johnny Depp) "If you want to make out with a young lady, take her to see Dracula (1931)". Later in the film, during Ed's first date with Kathy (Patricia Arquette, they ride the haunted house attraction at a fair, during which Dracula shows up both as a dummy, and as a topic of conversation. See more »
When Ed takes Lugosi home after first meeting him, Bela disdainfully says that modern horror movies only show big bugs, giant spiders, giant grasshoppers and the like. But in fact, Hollywood did not begin producing giant-insect films until 1954 - about two years after Wood and Lugosi first met. See more »
[on the phone to Bunny]
Edward D. Wood, Jr.:
Listen, hit the bars, work some parties, and get me transvestites. I need transvestites. All right. Bye.
Eddie, what kind of a movie is this?
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Without question it's Tim Burton's best, most complete work and Johnny Depp is superb. Perhaps it's the total understanding of his subject that allows Tim Burton to fly so high here. The beautifully tailored script gives room for some exquisite character drawings, Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi, Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Wells. "When you re-write a script it gets better and better" tells Ed/Johnny to his girlfriend with a smile full of innocence. What a performance! Johnny Depp is a unique kind of actor, we never had anyone quite like him. How can he manage to disappear behind a character and still bring with him his full bag of tricks, I don't know, but he does. I only wish he wouldn't get lost in mediocrities like "Nick of Time" "The Astronaut's Wife" and "Secret Window" He belongs to the world of real, great filmmakers. Better to risk with an original idea by Emir Kusturica than a "safe", tired, Stephen King thing. Johnny, remember, we're looking at you for clues about ourselves. More Ed Woods , please!
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