Francis Ford Coppola (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Francis Ford Coppola returns to his B-movie roots with a playful and simply plotted horror whodunnit that evokes his 1963 low-budget film, Dementia 13. Inspired by a dream, this experimental quirkfest throws Val Kilmer's "bargain basement Stephen King" into the heart of a small-town murder mystery while promoting his latest book. The bizarre crime sparks off the waning author's new project, but when writer's block amusingly strikes, he looks to his artily shot dreams and their ghostly guide, Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin), for ideas. Feeling like a mash-up of David Lynch and latter-day Tobe Hooper, this divisive and sometimes pretentious mix of gothic horror clichés, goofy humour and thinly veiled personal references is Coppola at his slightest and yet most liberated. Ultimately, it's pure fun that drives the transparent events, a fact emphasised by the mischievous in-jokes and exaggerated performances, particularly from Bruce Dern as an eccentric local sheriff.


A struggling writer on a book tour visits a small town, where he becomes fascinated with an unsolved murder. He is visited in his dreams by a mysterious ghost, who helps him uncover the truth behind the mystery, only to find the resolution has connections to his own past. Francis Ford Coppola's horror, starring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning.

Cast & Crew

Hall Baltimore Val Kilmer
Bobby LaGrange Bruce Dern
Edgar Allan Poe Ben Chaplin
V Elle Fanning
Denise Joanne Whalley
Sam Malkin David Paymer
Flamingo Alden Ehrenreich
Pastor Allan Floyd Anthony Fusco
Melvin Don Novello
Carolyne Ryan Simpkins
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD