Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Magic (1978)

Director: Richard Attenborough

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margaret, Burgess Meredith

Run time: 1:47

Rant: In the spirit of Jurrassic World I might as well review a Richard Attenborough flick. Honestly I just wanted to watch this movie. Dolls, toys, puppets and dummies. A lot of those kinds of movies are shit but others are some of my favorite awful horror movies.

Corky, played by Anthony Hopkins, is a magician trying to make it big. He's doesn't find any success until he starts using a dummy named Fats. Eventually he goes on Johnny Carson and all sorts of shows like that, and NBC offers him a pilot. Corky goes into hiding, saying he's afraid of success but in reality it's because he believes he'll fail the required medical exam. Shortly after we learn why.

Anthony Hopkins is fucking great in this movie. At first Corky seems cooky but innocent. Strange but very likable. About 40 minutes in he gets creepy. At the hour mark he straight-up murders a motherfucker. Burgess Meredith plays Corky's manager. There's an excellent scene where he challenges Fats not to talk for five minutes and Corky can't even last three.

This is a great movie. It takes it's time, and it's not incredibly violent or gory but it's extremely weird and very suspenseful. The performances are all fantastic and Fats the dummy is creepy. Honestly, all dummies are creepy. "Magic" is an underrated awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: William Goldman wrote the novel and the screenplay for this movie. Some of his other credits are:
Marathon Man (1976) Novel, Screenplay
The Princess Bride (1987) Novel, Screenplay
Misery (1990) Screenplay

Total Kill Count: 2
Ben Greene (1:03:56) Drowned.

Duke (1:23:53) Stabbed to death.

             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 7.5
             Suspense: 8.5
             Overall: 7.5