Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Limehouse Golem. August 2017.

Anyone who knows me knows I've always been a sucker for Victorian horror. If there's a Hammer film on TV, I have to watch it.

Not only that but I also have a fondness for Victorian tales featuring famous people of the age becoming linked by fictitious events. Therefore, the moment the trailer for The Limehouse Golem hit my YouTube homepage, I was always going to look at it.

Having said that, I do find the trailer incredibly dull. It has none of the energy of an old style Hammer movie and I know it may be heresy but I always find Bill Nighy to be a great cure for insomnia.

I also see that it claims to be from the same writer as The Woman In Black. Clearly, by that, they mean Jane Goldman, not Susan Hill. The only problem with that being that I literally fell asleep watching that earlier film.

Admittedly, I was watching it around midnight but, still, it's not a good sign when you nod off over someone's horror movie.

The other letdown is that, from what I can make out, it doesn't actually feature a golem. Given that the main reason I clicked on the link was because it featured the world, "Golem," this is a major life disappointment for me and makes me feel they missed an opportunity to make the film actually interesting.

The only other remark I have to offer is that it has to be the most English thing I've ever seen. It's sort of like what you'd get if a bunch of Americans set out to make a movie and were ordered by the studio to pretend they were as English as fish and chips. As an Englishman, I fear that may be rather too much Englishness for one film.


Anonymous said...

I can't understand the hype around Bill Nighy either, Steve. My theory is the British are so used to turning ageing actors into "national treasures" it now happens automatically even if they've never made a particularly good film.

On the other hand, the Victorian era increasingly annoys me as a setting - it just seems like such an over done cliché at this point its nearly a guarantee of lazy writing. Karl Marx? I'm willing to bet he'll be poorly researched...


Steve W. said...

Sadly, Karl Marx is always badly researched in fiction. The number of biographies of his I've read that don't even mention Harpo and Chico is appalling. I mean, Zeppo and Gummo I can understand them leaving out but the other two? Did they really think he made all those movies on his own?

Steve W. said...

The ignorance of the modern age appalls me.

Anonymous said...

The old ones are the best ones Steve(:


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