RICH REVIEWS: Meridian (Movie)
Produced by: Full Moon Features
Director Charles Band’s 1990 horror classic MERIDIAN is coming to Blu-Ray for the first time on October 24.
Summary: Seduced by something less than human…In love with something more.
A beautiful young artist must choose her destiny in this hauntingly sensual tale of love, passion and revenge…. Catherine Bomarzini (SHERILYN FENN; “Twin Peaks”, “Fatal Instinct”, “Gilmore Girls”) returns to the family castle in Italy after her father’s death and gets caught in the web of a mysterious love triangle: a man (MALCOM JAMIESON) who is at times repulsive, at other times enchanting; and a creature of the night whose gentle eyes and touch reveal his infinite love and devotion.
With the help of Martha (HILARY MASON), her faithful childhood nanny, and the ghost of a slain young girl, Catherine discovers the medieval curse that threatens their lives and only she can dispel.
Starring: Sherilyn Fenn, Malcolm Jamieson, Hilary Mason, Charlie Spradling, Alex Daniels, Phil Fondacaro
Casting by: Robert MacDonald, Perry Bullington
Art Director: Giovanni Natalucci
Creature Makeup Effects Created by: Greg Cannon
Edited by: Ted Nicolaou
Music Composed by: Pino Donaggio
Conducted by: Natalie Massara
Director of Photography: Mac Ahlberg
Story by: Charles Band
Screenplay by: Dennis Paoli
Produced by: Charles Band, Debra Dion
Directed by: Charles Band
Run Time: 86 min.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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Comments: Very atmospheric music in this movie to set the right mood.
Right from the start you can tell this is a weird movie. A group of people emerge from a cave mouth. There is something strange about them.
Gina visits her best friend in her family castle. They decide to go see a circus sideshow. The scenic beauty of their surroundings have a creepy look with the stone statues.
There is nudity and sexual situations in this movie so it is for a mature audience. Having the leader of the sideshow though rape the best friend well rape is never a good thing and here it is made to look erotic. Rape is rape pure and simple. It is not love making it is an attack. She looks so beautiful but the scene as she just lays there drugged while being raped is sick.
Gina just dismisses it as if it was nothing at all.
There is a beast with the sideshow and the lady of the castle is a beauty. So we have Beauty and the Beast. The beast is heroic.
The two brothers have a bond but only the one is the beast. They both love and hate each other. Their acting seems like from a very old movie.
The movie is not focused at all. It is so hard to follow the story line. It is hard to understand what and why things are going on.
There is a great little twist in the movie involving Martha. Catherine the lady of the castle has a twist to her character to. She also has a choice to make.
The ending to this movie is what you would expect. It is just how they get there that might surprise you. The movie really needed a lot of work. A more straight forward script and more chances for the actors to show us how good they could be.
The basic concept of Beauty and the Beast is great.