Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.
Will hold you breathless!
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 dialogue 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.