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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

PEUR(S) DU NOIR / FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (2007)


Six graphic novelists supplied the bump-in-the-night stories and the artfully varied b&w drawing styles for this animated omnibus pic. Visually the film is a sophisticated treat, a technical showcase for those who like their drawings to look like drawings (etchings, charcoal, pencil . . . whatever) rather than rounded computer modelings. If only the grisly tales were as involving as the art work. The producers split up two of the episodes for use as a linking devise, but the stories remain stubbornly independent. And even the segments that work best never quite take off the way you want them to. Some of the effects and narrative twists are pleasingly creepy (if too sexually explicit & gory for the wee ones), but you’ve probably experienced bigger chills sitting around the campfire.

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