Checklist of Terror: Vampire & Werewolf Movies

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Cape Fear

An ex-convict takes his revenge on the lawyer who defended him.
Psychological Thriller

 

United States
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Screenplay: 
Original Film: 
Franchise Remake
Franchise Re-imagining
8
Will hold you breathless!
4
8
8
8
3
3
3
Performances
Editing
Dialog
Robert De Niro crafts a truly despicable character in this remake of a psychological thriller adapted from a novel by John D. MacDonald. He is a shabby rapist who will stop at nothing to get his revenge. This is a slow-burn film with a lot of dialog and exposition intertwined with shock and terror. It makes us feel like powerless voyeurs of a situation that gradually gets out of control.
The cast is irreproachable. All actors give a grade A performance in a story with suspense built like a stairway where each abrupt step leads to a plateau. Characters are pushed to their limits, required to confront their secrets and lies. Cape Fear knows how to make us angry, stressed or uncomfortable; often all at once. It constantly juggles with taboos and dares us to keep watching.
The ominous soundtrack is remixed from the 1962 original movie. It is a tragic recurring melody that gives the film a dark retro ambiance. Some scenes are reconstructions of the original Cape Fear, while some events of the old script are reorganized and shifted from one act to another for maximum impact. All in all, Cape Fear is one of the best and most quintessential horror thrillers out there.
Alternate Titles: 
Cape Fear Remake
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