Psychological thrillers depict the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. They focus on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 64 psychological thrillers sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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This is based on the comic book by the same name. According to director Jim Wynorski, “everything that could’ve gone wrong did”. Get this; Vlad Dracula is from outer space. It’s the first of a series of stupid plot points. As an origin story, this is a disappointment. What the movie lacks most is prestige. It fails to make its protagonist stoic and seductive, and its villains threatening.
I’m not one to complain about sexy outfits, but this one is beyond distracting. More importantly, Talisa Soto doesn’t look comfortable in it. She doesn’t appear at ease with this role either. She isn’t a great actress. You can tell she can act on cue, but constantly reverts to a stiff expression. All in all, we may very well have, here, one of the shittiest comic book adaptations ever produced.
Dracula, Van Helsing, Vampirella; this is an ambitious script. Save some for the sequel, damnit! Sadly, this kind of convolution kills this movie. It’s too much. Science fiction, fantasy, action, Vampirella half-naked in a cheap apartment where no production designer has gone before. Also, there are few things worse than two vampires fighting each other hissing. What a crapfest!