Eli Roth's debut feature film, mostly a gore-fest, told about five college graduates who rented a cabin in the woods in rural North Carolina and became infected by a contagious, flesh-eating disease/virus from drinking contaminated water.
An infected homeless hermit (Arie Verveen), set on fire, had expired in the area's reservoir. "In the film's most infamous, cringe-inducing scene, diseased Marcy (Cerina Vincent) - unaware that the rash she had on her back had become diseased, bubbly and blistered with oozing sores, attempted to shave her soap-lathered, infected legs in the bathtub, causing bloody wounds, skin to come off, and reddish bathwater.
As her would-be boyfriend Paul (Rider Strong) sexually touched her as she dozed feverish and unconscious, he removed his hand in horror - noticing that it was covered in goopy, infected blood.
The skin on her thighs and groin area were rotting. He brought her to the conclusion that everyone in her family was unhappy. He proceeded to verbally and physically seduce and kiss the rebellious, naive, sexually-curious and troubled fifteen-year old daughter Danielle (Juliette Lewis) - with her dual responses of fear and excitement.
Later, after Karen was isolated in a shed outside the house, Paul found the mad dog (Dr. He shot the dog, then put Karen out of her misery by beating her to death with a shovel. He politely asked if he could put his arm around her.
The shadowy, disturbing, distorted, and dream-nightmarish quality of the macabre and stylistic 'Caligari,' with twisted alleyways, lopsided doors, cramped rooms, overhanging buildings, and skewed cityscapes, was brought to Hollywood in the 1920s, and later influenced the classic period of horror films in the 1930s, and also film-noirs. When she giggled and acted embarrassed by his forwardness although eventually agreed ("No, I don't mind"), he approached closer, and stroked her face.
In one of the film's scarier scenes, Helen playfully chanted the name "Candyman" five times in front of a mirror - her incantation brought a confrontation with the fearful 'Candyman' (Tony Todd) in a concrete parking garage. Burke (Stanley De Santis) to prove her innocence ("I can prove it... She was stalked by a weird vision of a ghoulish, spectral Man (director Harvey) with darkened eye sockets, who first glared at her with an eerie stare through the windshield, and caused her to drive off the road. Le Chiffre promised if Bond divulged the password that fellow prisoner Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) would live.
He possessed a hooked right hand and wore a fur-trimmed coat. I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. I can call him"), thereby again unleashing the incarnated spirit of the bloody, haunting and hook-wielding "Candyman" maniac with a deep gravely voice. Our names will be written on a thousand walls, our crimes told and retold by our faithful believers. Mary also had moments when she became invisible and inaudible to others. Bond refused, so Le Chiffre kicked over his chair and threatened to castrate him with a knife: "I'll feed you what you seem not to value." Bond was saved from death when Mr.
He continually entreated her from a distance: "Helen. You were not content with the stories, so I was obliged to come. The "Candyman" stabbed the unbelieving doctor at his desk from behind. We shall die together in front of their very eyes, and give them something to be haunted by. In the shocking ending of the bloody film, both Helen and the haunting, incarnated 'Candyman' maniac were burned to death. She seemed to be caught between the real world and a dream-world. White (Jesper Christensen) abruptly entered and shot Le Chiffre in the forehead.
By film's end, the 'Candyman' again found her in his company and seduced her: "You came to me... Still mourning the death of his wife Helen, cheating husband Trevor Lyle (Xander Berkeley) was in his bathroom when he called out Helen's name five times in front of a mirror, not knowing that he was invoking her return as a spirit that had replaced Candyman - she appeared in a bluish pulsating light and asked him: Because he had been sleeping with another woman named Stacey (Carolyn Lowery) (who was in the kitchen with a butcher knife preparing dinner), she took spectacular revenge against him - Helen killed Trevor by stabbing him in the stomach with the Candyman's large hook, ripping him open from his groin up to his neck - and leaving him a bloody corpse in the bathtub. Later, she was drawn to an abandoned amusement park (and circus tent pavilion) in the twilight hours, where she heard and produced strange organ music. This Val Lewton-produced horror film from director Jacques Tourneur featured two frightening, feline-panther stalkings that produced fright without showing anything - they were two superb examples of suggestive horror: Director Tarsem Singh's stylish and innovative sci-fi thriller (his first feature film) was a combination of a typical police procedural (The Silence of the Lambs (1991) or Se7en (1995)) mixed with a virtual reality gimmick, as in The Lawnmower Man (1992).
It told about a ghost-like, mad hypnotist-therapist in a carnival named Dr. He was able to insert his thumb into her mouth, and she sucked on it.
Caligari (Werner Krauss) who called pale-skinned, lanky, black leotard-wearing Cesare (Conrad Veidt), his performing somnambulist (and haunted murderer), from a state of sleep (in a box-shaped coffin) for a group of fairgoers. Then he cupped her face, cradled her head, and tenderly kissed her.
The film's major plot twist was that the story, told in flashback by Francis (Friedrich Feher), appeared to be only a delusional nightmare in the psychotic mental patient's mind. Caligari was not a menacing figure, but Francis' asylum doctor. This low-budget independent horror film, a spooky and haunting cult zombie classic by producer/director Herk Harvey (his sole feature film), was notable for its many atmospheric and forboding scenes of stylistic terror.