The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA 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.
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Famed mystery writer, Mort Rainey (Depp) is confronted by a mysterious stranger outside his house. This stranger calls himself John Shooter (Turturro) and claims that Mort has stolen an idea for a story from him. Mort says he can prove he wrote his first, but whilst Mort waits for the evidence to appear, Shooter starts to become more and more violent. Written by
When Mort goes to Ken Karsch's office, Ken hits the button on his clock. The button is on his (Ken's) left. Mort reaches forward and pushes the right button to stop the clock. Later, Ken reaches forward and pushes the right button to start the clock again (this button can't be pushed down; it's already down). After this, the buttons alternate being up and down throughout the scene. See more »
Turn around. Turn around. Turn the car around and get the hell out of here. Right now. Don't go back. Do not go back there.
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At the end of the credits Johnny Depp can be briefly heard singing "Shortnin' Bread". See more »
A prime example of why Stephen King books should NOT be made into movies!
When I walked out of Stephen King's 'Dreamcatcher' last spring, I said to myself "that was the worst adaptation of a Stephen King book I've seen since 'The Dark Half.'"
I will now revise that statement, giving 'Secret Window' the title as worst adaptation of a Stephen King book.
This falls into the typical Stephen King book-to-movie failure formula. Let's give a great story to a screenwriter and a director who turn it to garbage. This is why I was shocked when I learned Lawrence Kasdan was doing 'Dreamcatcher.' There are few exceptions to this, like 'The Shining' and 'The Dead Zone.' The late Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg worked wonders with two of King's best stories. I think I solved the SK good book-bad movie formula. You need a good director and screenwriter to make them effective.
I will now pretend this is not a Stephen King story and give an unbiased review. There are two things I hate in horror/suspense movies. One is predictability. Two is stupid characters. Without spoiling the film, I will just say 'Secret Window' had both. Do you remember the part in 'Scream' where Jamie Kennedy goes over the rules of how to survive a horror movie? Guess where they pop up????
There's not much I can say about the plot without spoiling the film. It's ironic that Timothy Hutton, who starred in 'The Dark Half' is in this because this film takes A LOT from that story, as well as a touch of another classic SK novel, 'Misery.'
Save your money. Go to Blockbuster and rent 'Identity.' I will give 'Secret Window' 2 stars because it did keep me on the edge of my seat at times.
STARS (OUT OF 5): * *
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