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Sam Raimi (1990)

18 Certificate
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Our Score
This fantasy horror from Sam Raimi - the independent director's first studio movie - is a splashy amalgam of The Phantom of the Opera and Doctor X, with a perfectly cast Liam Neeson donning synthetic flesh masks to take revenge on the mobsters who disfigured him. Pathos and tragedy are always lurking beneath the horrific surface of The Evil Dead creator's kaleidoscopic take on classic 1930s Grand Guignol, given a nifty 1990s spin by exaggerated camera moves and psychedelic visuals. This tasty buffet of gothic moodiness, startling make-up effects and expressionistic artifice sees Raimi on vibrant virtuoso form.


A scientist working on synthetic skin is horribly disfigured and left for dead by a criminal gang. Now unable to feel pain, he continues his research, creating artificial faces that will last for only a short time. He uses these disguises to aid him in taking revenge on those who mutilated him - while also using a mask of his own face to see the girlfriend who thinks he died. Thriller, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand.

Cast & Crew

Peyton Westlake / Darkman Liam Neeson
Julie Hastings Frances McDormand
Louis Strack Jr Colin Friels
Robert G Durant Larry Drake
Yakitito Nelson Mashita
Eddie Black Jessie Lawrence Ferguson
Rudy Guzman Rafael H Robledo
Skip Danny Hicks
Rick Ted Raimi
Smiley Dan Bell
Pauly Nicholas Worth
Martin Katz Aaron Lustig
Hung Fat Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad
Final Shemp Bruce Campbell
Doctor Jenny Agutter
Director Sam Raimi
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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