Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spoorloos (1988) aka The Vanishing aka L'Homme Que Voulait Savoir

4.5 / 5
Tagline: N / A
Directed By: George Sluizer
Written By: Tim Krabbe, George Sluizer
Actors Include: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Horror
Length: 107 minutes
Banned: nope
Country: Netherlands/France

I haven't seen the more "popular" American remake of this but if you have, this film has an entirely different ending. I was a little sceptical of this film at first since it isn't a horror film in the traditional sense, but it's far more horrific really than most because this could actually happen. Anyhow having gotten that out of the way, the film is incredibly depressing, down trodden and disturbingly realistic feeling. We have a young couple who stop at a gas station. Saskia (the young lady) disappears without a trace. We then watch her boyfriend Rex go through hell trying to figure out what happened to her. Well out of the blue he starts receiving postcards from the person who abducted Saskia. The postcards promise to let Rex know the truth so long as he is willing to play along. I refuse to say more because it's just one of those films that has an incredible ending and really must be seen. If you like blood/guts or any of that stuff this has none. It's more of a horrific thriller, but it's a damned good one, in fact one of the finest. This film has mastered that sort of creepy doomed feeling which few have managed to match, this is well worth your time.

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