Back in the 1960’s director Roman Polanski was able to establish himself as a top genre director. With the horror comedy, The Fearless Vampire Killers, the horror thriller, Repulsion, and the horror film Rosemary’s Baby, he became world famous. With the success of the latter, it was a film that helped bring the “devil” films about, where Satan was an actual being that would and will corrupt you. Years later, Polanski revisited this premise with the film from 1999 entitled The Ninth Gate.
Rare book dealer, Dean Corso, is hired by mysterious businessman Boris Balkan to take his rare book, only three in the world, to Europe to compare with the other two copies. Rumor has it that the book was written by a disciple of Lucifer and could bring forth the devil. But Boris thinks his copy may actually be a forgery. Soon Dean finds himself wrapped in a mystery where a mysterious woman begins to follow him and the owners of the other two books die mysteriously. Is the myth about the book actually true?
Starring Johnny Depp along with a strong supporting cast including Lena Olin, Frank Langella, Emmanuelle Seigner, and James Russo. The movie was based on a book entitled The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. With its simple yet curious plot, and its very ambiguous ending, the film received mixed reviews by critics and audience alike. Dark Discussions takes a look at this curiosity and gives their opinions.