When Francis Ford Coppola announced that he was making another horror movie, his first since 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, many rejoiced, including myself. When released, Twixt (2011) proved to be a polarizing effort. On the one hand, in terms of technique, it's mostly unpolished, with the Hi-Def cinematography looking occasionally drab, while the editing and pacing are on the uneven side.
On the other hand, this is Coppola the master filmmaker enjoying the freedom of making a low-budget movie, and one that is both fiercely atmospheric and surprisingly personal (the plot touches upon the tragic death of Coppola's son in a boating accident). As for the plot (a washed out horror novelist investigating a mystery involving vampiric murders in a sleepy little town), it's basically fodder for creating some striking Gothic visuals and playful performances by all involved, especially Val Kilmer and Bruce Dern. And then there's the ending: a haunting, confusing, scary final touch that caps a horror film that is flawed, ambitious, and a welcome return to a genre that Coppola obviously loves.
N.B. The plot, especially the ending, bears some minor similarities to author Richard Laymon's masterpiece, The Stake (1990).
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2016.