Twixt (2012)




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A writer with a career in decline arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated. -- (C) Official … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Ford Coppola
On DVD: Aug 26, 2013
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as Hall Baltimore

as Bobby LaGrange

as Virginia

as Edgar Allan Poe

as Pastor Allan Floyd

as Flamingo

as Melvin

as Sam Malkin

as Carolyne
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Critic Reviews for Twixt

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Not really scary, although there are some nice creepy visuals here and there.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The Godfather it's not, but this had more vigor and immediacy than either Youth Against Youth or Tetro.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Easily [Coppola's] silliest work ever.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

É lamentável que estas experiências estéticas e narrativas estejam se revelando dignas de um adolescente que não só está segurando uma câmera pela primeira vez como ainda sabe pouquíssimo sobre os gêneros nos quais tenta investir.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
Cinema em Cena

'Twixt' is not unwatchable, but it comes close.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013

Sometimes it's fascinating, but just as often, it's frustrating: It's a film without a net, and it tends to land with a thud.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Twixt

Francis, I admire you very much, but this movie sucks.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer


Having crafted such classics as "The Godfather parts I & II", "The Conversation" and "Apocalypse Now", director Francis Ford Coppola was, rightly, considered one the heavyweights of cinema. However, he fell on hard times financially and most of his recent film's have shown a shadow of his former self and have had people scratching their heads as to how someone so prominent could deliver such nonsense.
Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer) was once a successful writer. His career has nosedived and he struggles to produce the material anymore. He comes to a small town during a book tour, and becomes involved in the murder investigation of a young girl. In a dream, he is approached by writer Edgar Allen Poe (Ben Chaplin) and a youthful ghost named V (Elle Fanning) who is in some way connected to a local murder. Both inform him of the details but the connection to the murder is unclear.
As this film opens we are given a growling narration from Tom Waits about a small American town and an introduction to it's inhabitants and our protagonist. The first thing that strikes you is Coppola's perfectly refined atmosphere and obvious ability in framing a picture. Quite simply, the film is marvellously shot. The angles with the camera are impressively positioned and use of light and colour are sumptuous. At one point he introduces a monochromatic approach that further adds to the creepy ambience. From very early on, Coppola's talent is still apparent but where he struggles, is in a particularly poor script. It comes across as an amateur horror and on this front, you wouldn't think for a second that it was Coppola behind it. However, despite the the bad writing, it's clear that this is a very personal project for the director; the idea originated from a dream he once had, which reflects in the story itself and the actual death of his son (Gian-Carlo Coppola) in a speedboat accident also has a heavy influence. The very premise, consisting of a writer in rapid decline also mirrors the director's similar creative downfall. At one point, our lead character is asked the question "how does it feel to the bargain basement Stephen King?" and that's exactly the feeling that this film gives off - a bargain basement horror. Whether this was Coppola's intention is debatable but it still doesn't forgive the muddled unravelling of the story. All this being said, I still found myself persevering with it.
This left me with very mixed thoughts. One the one hand, it struck me as an absolute low-budget turkey but on the other, it intrigued me enough to keep watching. If anything, just see what path the once great director is now treading.

To look into another of Coppola's recent efforts, my next stop will be his 2009 film "Tetro".

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

It is painful to see Coppola indulging himself in this personal nonsense, an incoherent mess that doesn't know if it wants to be an unscary gothic horror story, an overstylized nightmare or an unfunny comedy. It is only bland, pointless and, even worse, sleep-inducing.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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