Spirits of the Dead Reviews

October 18, 2016
Out of the three episodes based on the macabre tales by Edgar Allan Poe, the third -- the only modern-day one, directed by Federico Fellini -- is far and away the best.
July 6, 2010
Definitely worth a look for fans of the involved directors, though such fans probably already own it.
January 27, 2010
Three devout libertines have a go at Poe, fear and trembling invade their debauchery voluptuously
January 5, 2009
None of the three European director's stories catches the macabre flavor of Poe.
September 25, 2007
Intriguing and mostly successful.
August 29, 2006
If the other two stories had also been done by Fellini, the whole offering might have been much better.
April 5, 2006
Episode 3, however -- this is the one people talk about when they talk about Spirits of the Dead. Federico Fellini's 'Toby Dammit' stars Terence Stamp in a piece that's a Fellini film festival in miniature.
February 9, 2006
Only Fellini (Toby Dammit) really manages to make much of his source.
June 19, 2005
May 9, 2005
[Toby Dammit] is marvelous: a short movie but a major one. The Vadim is as overdecorated and shrill as a drag ball, but still quite fun, and the Malle, based on one of Poe's best stories, is simply tedious.
January 14, 2005
July 2, 2004
Horrific? Not really. But interesting to watch.
March 10, 2004
See it for Fellini's hilarious "Toby Dammit" sequence. (Elsewhere Jane and Peter Fonda play lovers...)
October 1, 2003
The Fellini part is brilliant. The rest is not.
March 19, 2003
It offers pleasures above and beyond its status as a relic of a groovier and exponentially more swinging era.
June 5, 2002
Only the third episode, by Fellini and starring Stamp as an actor in Rome to make a movie, updates the original. It proves the best of the trio.
May 8, 2002
While Spirits of the Dead doesn't do much justice to Poe's source material, fans of bizarre French cinema should have a pretty good time.
March 5, 2002
As far as psychological horror goes, the films work well, and that they realize Poe's stories were mainly internalized distortions of the world works to their advantage, even as they approach the material in vastly different ways.
December 2, 2001
more of an interesting exercise in literary adaptation than a fully satisfying work of art
November 26, 2001
Not what I would have expected... but hey, we are defined by our contradictions, no?