The Criterion Collection has recently released two surrealist horror trips that will have many people excited about the future of the label. One, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, is a cult classic that has been highly anticipated; while the other, The Lure, is a contemporary horror film that may reach cult status one day.
I picked up both of these films on Blu-ray during the most recent Criterion flash sale, and ended up being pretty happy about both films. As a huge Lynch fan, the Twin Peaks purchase was only a matter of time. Like many collectors of his work, I’m eagerly awaiting every new Criterion newsletter in hopes that they continue this trend and give us the rest of his films…or at least Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, and The Elephant Man. Like the beautiful upgrade of Mulholland Drive and the amazing compilation of shorts that came along with Eraserhead, the Twin Peaks release once again delivers in quality and special features. This, of course, may not be a priority for every collector, since there are cheaper versions of this film available. As I begin to prioritize my collecting habits, however, the works of David Lynch will always be a necessity in my book.
As for The Lure…well, it’s one of the craziest movies I’ve seen in a long time. It is a Polish ,horror, musical, comedy, drama, that re-tells the story of The Little Mermaid in one of the most insane cinematic mash-ups I’ve ever seen. The Blu-ray looks nice, and the film is pretty good. While many cower at the Criterion prices, I think there are people that will find this film to be well worth a blind buy. I can easily tell you that it will draw fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. With that being said, however, it is still much darker. So while the over-the-top musical numbers gave me flashes of Rocky Horror, the dark turns reminded me more of what Repo The Genetic Opera could have been.
It’s a tough movie to pin down, in a tough genre to categorize. The musical horror films that are out there are not only hit or miss when put up against one another, they also tend to have drastically differing ups and downs within the films themselves. In the end, I think people that enjoy dark comedies will like this film. I suggest that everyone wait for the half off sales for any Criterion purchase, so that may help you give this one a chance. As far as I’m concerned, the direction that this label is going with this film, Multiple Maniacs, and Twin Peaks is the direction that I want to see. I love the fact that they are widening the scope of accessible films for movie fans. Of course, I also love the fact that they are digging into the depths of horror, surrealism, and raunchy comedy. So yes, I’d get this if I were you. It is too weird to be ignored. It even has a surprising amount of sex and gore…you know…if you’re into that sort of thing.