The Ninth Gate (1999) was Roman Polanski's return to the horror genre. This tale takes place in France and it stars American ex-patriate Johnny Depp. Former mac daddy Frank Langella, Lena Olin and Polanski's hot wife Emmanulle Seigner co-star as well. An investigator of sorts (Johnny Depp) is hired by a rich collector (Frank Langella) to search for a rare and possible demonic book. Lena Olin is a rival collector and occultist who wants the book for her own personal gain and Ms. Polanski is Depp's "benefactor".
An interesting horror flick that doesn't rely on flashy expensive special effects and gory set pieces. It's a psychological thriller that'll keep you entertained and caught up in all of the mystery and intrigue. The ending and story of the movie has many interpretations and that'll keep you guessing.
Those most conspicuous qualities of Polanski's unfairly maligned pan-European adventure invites comparison to his classic Rosemary's Baby. Adapted from novels concerning obsession with satanic ritual and invocation, both films challenge the pertinence of the horror rubric. Although the mephistophelian transgressions of Rosemary's Baby are couched in a topic of maternity, The Ninth Gate ventures a cryptic, circuitous route through a preoccupation more abstruse than it ought be: bibliophilia. … more
Controversial director Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown) has a talent for creating suspenseful films that utilize character actors in roles, which allow them to be ambiguous and amorphous. In his thriller, The Ninth Gate, he returns to the genres he seems to be the most comfortable with: psychological suspense, and horror. Loosely based upon the book El Club Dumas, which was written by acclaimed Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Ninth Gate is a straightforward … more