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Manoel de Oliveira
Luís Miguel Cintra
I saw a preview for this long before it came out, and I thought it was going to be great. The tension and excitement grew as I heard all kinds of great things about it being the next great splatter-comedy in the tradition of movies like "Evil Dead 2" and "Dead-Alive" over a long period of time, during which so many distributors were distancing themselves from it as far as possible. When it finally came out, I had chills of excitement going up my spine as I rented it and finally took it home to watch. When the movie was over, I was in a rage. It wasn't simply a disappointment. It was the ultimate let-down. A couple years later, I rented it again to see if I might like it more now, but it was the same bad movie. It had some great moments, but this movie is all about style and hit-or-miss humor. Some of the gore scenes are really entertaining, but aside from the occasional jokes that work, there's really nothing going for it. I knew from the start not to take it too seriously, but what let me down about it was the low quality of the screenplay more than anything else. It just wasn't very good. "The Convent" tries so hard to be funny and match up to the standards of the greater splatter-comedies of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi, but it often fails miserably as anything other than another dumb horror-comedy that would probably make people laugh at the unintentional rather than the material that strains to be funny. Some scenes were right on the mark, to be fair, but I found this to be an over-hyped waste of time and energy. I actually feel that, if it weren't for the post-Columbine political climate against gory movies at the time (as well as its respectably anti-preppie subject matter), this would have done very well at the box office with only a few slight changes to the script (which is no compliment). If you dig anything that's cheezy with a lot of gore, by all means, this is a film you would like. I even like movies like that much more than boring romantic comedies and other mainstream drivel. Maybe I might be being too harsh with "The Convent", but I like what I like, and I didn't like this.
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