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The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  6 December 1997 (Japan)
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Mythology and religious dogma are slowly revealed when an attractive young woman is approached by a modeling agency that pulls her into an underworld of priests that are not Christian but ... See full summary »

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Florian
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Clockmaker
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Milla Pagano
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Paolo Pagano
Linda Gucciardo ...
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Fabrizio Vitale ...
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Mythology and religious dogma are slowly revealed when an attractive young woman is approached by a modeling agency that pulls her into an underworld of priests that are not Christian but rather want to resurrect Satan by collecting the souls of 18 beautiful children. Written by Abby Rexroth

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The Crow Flies, The Clock Strikes And the Devil is Due.


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Rated R for horror violence and gore | See all certifications »
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6 December 1997 (Japan)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Though shot for a theatrical release, the film made its debut on the Starz! network. See more »

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Although the hospital in the final scene is supposed to be in Rome, the label on the hydrogen peroxide bottle on the dressing tray is in English. See more »

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The producers gratefully acknowledge The City and Town Hall of Formello, Italy The Sorbo Monastery, Italy See more »

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References Eyes Without a Face (1960) See more »

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Theme from Twilight Zone (1959)
Written by Marius Constant
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Weak Film
23 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On a standard scale, I give this a 3. On a bad movie scale, maybe a 7 out of 10, however. It is pretty funny to watch at points. Let's put it this way though. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you mixed Omen, Bless the Child, Godsend, and Bram Stoker's Dracula together? Well, here it is. If the movie is about cloning, the story of the script itself would certainly be Frankenstein. It's a hodgepodge, held only together by the principle characters' abject inability to reason or otherwise engage in active problem solving.

So let's see what's similar to other films in the genre: Omen - Evil children bringing about end of days, random telekinesis, swarms of animals that can kill you despite all reason Rosemary's Baby - Elaborately contrived conspiracy to steal a kid Bless the Child - Stealing a kid to complete a ritual Godsend - Evil clones. Because clones are just somehow EVIL. It just is, don't question it. They don't have souls. Or something. Dracula - Production style and values are similar. Just a very similar feel to it.

Firstly, I want to say I did not like this movie as the logic (or lack of it) made my head want to explode. But there were still some good things: - Main character beats up a cat for no apparent reason - Main character then CRUSHES a mutated-looking rat! - Main character is duped by anyone, in any context - Daughter can't seem to state any dialog unless it's with her father, and in that case she has to just oppose whatever he says. - Main character wanders around lots of places purely to advance the plot, when he should realistically be doing something useful. - Evil magic farmer? Somebody has evil magic omen-like powers, without him otherwise being explained. I assumed he was either an evil farmer or evil welfare recipient. In any case, he doesn't do much except lay about and cause unfortunate accidents.

As you can see, there are some things that can be quite amusing in this movie. If you're willing to watch it in the right way, it's kind of like seeing Inspector Clouseau trying to solve a case. All the guy ever does is bumble about, but somehow he learns everything that is going on. Except what's right in front of his nose.

Of course, there are many things that suck about this movie. These include: - The plot. Ugg. Ugg ugg. I'm willing to put up with a little bit of random senseless rituals in a horror movie of this caliber, but these were ridiculous. - The dialog. Serviceable, but that's all. The father-daughter interactions are pretty funny though, as they sometimes seem to be thinking "Okay, let's just get through this scene and move on now." Also, the evil character just seems to blurt out random things constantly (and amusingly). Fine, that didn't suck so much... - The action sequences. If you want the bad guys to look scary, this movie is a good example of what not to do. - The plot. Seriously. The holes in this plot are all that hold it together. If there were less holes, you might start noticing more of them. Instead, you feel like you're lulled into a dreamlike state of shutting down rational thought. i.e. "Sure, continue inspecting these useless materials while your daughter is missing. Makes about as much sense as how you got here in the first place."


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