The Ninth Gate (1999)

Co-written, directed and produced by Roman Polanski, this film --loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Club Dumas -- returns its creator to something familiar: no, not being a scumbag who should rot in prison when he's not being abused by every prisoner. No, I meant the devil. Polanski approached the subject skeptically, saying, "I… Continue reading The Ninth Gate (1999)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow started with Kevin Yagher originally directing Andrew Kevin Walker's script as a low-budget slasher film. He didn't get along with Paramount, so he was demoted to prosthetic makeup and Tim Burton was brought in to direct. Ichabod Crane is played by Johnny Depp. Much like how his role in From Hell, he's attempting to… Continue reading Sleepy Hollow (1999)

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Deep Blue Sea (1999)

A lot of people talk down on Renny Harlin. But with his films -- Prison, A Nightmare on Elm Street part 4: The Dream Master, Die Hard 2 and more -- you know exactly what you're getting. A popcorn movie with no brain ready to entertain you until you can't take it any more. Witness his take on… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Before The Haunting at Hill House: The Haunting (1999)

This version of The Haunting of Hill House went through several ideations and creative hands, starting with Wes Craven, who ultimately decided to make Scream instead. Steven Spielberg, this film's executive producer, had talked to Stephen King that 1963's The Haunting was a great starting point and that the Winchester Mystery House would be a great setting. However, the… Continue reading Before The Haunting at Hill House: The Haunting (1999)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

Originally titled The Curse, this film, based on the real-life Spur Posse case, sat in development hell for two years. One can only wish that it had remained there. How did we as a people allow this movie to happen? If only social media had been around to shame this film into nothingness back then!… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)