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DVD of the Day #365 - The Ninth Gate

. The Club Dumas is one of my favourite books of the past few decades, so it may surprise you to hear I strongly prefer the movie based on the book, even though it is drastically different from the novel and expugates half the plot. It’s also both my favourite Roman Polanski film and my favourite Johnny Depp film.

Now I’m going to refrain from the usual Polanski jokes and instead say this: there are very few directors and writers that understand the concept or Satan. Although he is no John Milton, Polanski’s works about the World’s Greatest Antagonist are the best in the cinematic world. His portryal of Satanists and Satanism gives us an odd juxtaposition of humanizing them and yet making them so alien that you can’t help but be creeped out by them.

The Ninth Gate focuses on Johnny Depp as an unscrupulous antique book dealer and his quest to authenticate one of the rarest bookest known to man: The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows which is purported to be partially written by Lucifer himself. As Depp’s character travels through Europe, he discovers not only the two other copies of the book that still exist, but a cast of characters that want the book for their own reasons, be they insidious or benevolent. Satan is also a major character in the movie, but not in the way you think and definitely not with the personality or characterization most 20th century works about him have portrayed him. It’s very much a return to the Classical Satan if you will, which makes the movie all the more intriguing.

There isn’t a lot of gore or death in the movie, but there is some. This movie is all about the story telling and characterization and those are my favorite types of horror films. I mean, I’m more terrfied by a good but creepy story then unrealistic constant violence.

Although the movie is slow moving and not at all what most people think of when they hear the phrase “horror movie,” it is definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen and an all time classic for those that appreciate the topics of forbidden lore and ancient texts. If you haven’t seen it, you really need to.

Is it Worth Keeping? Yes
Rating: 9/10

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