Don’t Look Now (1973) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Don’t Look Now (1973) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1973
  • Genre:  Devil & Demon & Hell, Madness & Paranoia
  • Cast and crew: Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato, Renato Scarpa, Giorgio Trestini, Leopoldo Trieste, David Tree, Ann Rye, Nicholas Salter, Sharon Williams, Bruno Cattaneo, Adelina Poerio
  • Director:  Nicolas Roeg
  • Screenwriter:  Allan Scott, Chris Bryant, Daphne Du Maurier

Don’t Look Now (1973) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9 / 10;
  • Ronan = 9.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.6 / 10;

Don’t Look Now (1973) Synopsis:

John Baxter moves to the Beautiful city of Venice to restore an old church and forget about past issues. Thereee, he meets two elderly sisters who warn him of the danger ahead

Don’t Look Now (1973) Review:

This horror classic is an original and creative story, one of the best horrors from the BFI (British film institute). It revolves around a man called John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his grief-stricken obstacle to forget about his daughters’ death. When strange things begin to occur around his new home in Venice, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing link between him and these bizarre happenings.

Being in a foreign land doesn’t usually end well in a horror, and that is part of what makes the story here creepy enough. This the type of film that brings quick horror. Tension is building right from the start and keeps increasing throughout the film by small portions. Things only get worse as strange characters start appearing, Heather and Wendy being especially creepy. The beautiful scenery of Venice also adds to the deception and irony that it is, in fact, the exact opposite. The film raises questions throughout its running time that are only revealed in the great climax at the end. Once you finish the film and understand it, you will really know the true horror behind it.

Everything is great about this film. The only problem, if I had to find one, would be the slow build-up and the absence of graphic horror for most of the film, reminding of the other great psychological thriller from the same year ‘The Wicker Man’ (another BFI production). However, when the horror does come about, it is well worth the watch! The ending is something that no one will forget.

Overall, I really enjoyed this horror and its many memorable moments. The great acting from Donald Sutherland (M.A.S.H.) and Julie Christie (Away from her) makes it a really good horror, and one with a disturbing and unforgettable finale.

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