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      The Sculptress

      R Released Oct 27, 2000 1 hr. 41 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 10% 50+ Ratings Audience Score With a story as colorful as it's many authentic Bay Area backdrops, "The Sculptress" is a gripping thriller about the spiritual possession of Sarah, a young artist who follows her passion for art to study at one of the finest Art Institutes in San Francisco. Having left her guarded and religious home in England for the majestic and liberated San Francisco, Sarah finds herself alone and vulnerable for the first time in her life. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member The Sculptress (Ian Merrick, 2000) Thanks to a couple of wonderful browser plug-ins (Netflix Queue Sorter for Firefox and Netflix Sorter for Torch), I have the ability to sort my Netflix Instant Streaming queue by average rating. Which I do once a week if I've added anything to it. I usually have a perverse urge to watch, on my Tuesday work-from-home all-movie days, at least one movie from the bottom five in my queue, something that, basically, all of Netflix loathes. Last week's was Strippers vs. Werewolves, and I have to say I thought the masses were wrong, wrong, wrong about that one. Today's was the very bottom movie on the queue, The Sculptress, which is presently floating around Netflix-land under the title The Demon Within. It's not quite as bad as the movie that was at the bottom of the heap two weeks ago, before I watched that one (the ridiculous Fading of the Cries), but man, it did its best to get there. This is a movie so bad I don't even know where to begin telling you about its badness, so I'm going to quit typing, to to bed, and see if I can come up with some new words for "suck" while I'm sleeping tonight. Plot: the titular sculptress, Sarah (Idle Hands' Katie Wright in her final, to date, feature appearance), is a British student who has just transferred to a prestigious art school in San Francisco. She spends her first few weeks flat-hunting before landing a room in a building also inhabited by Matthew Dobie (The Lawnmower Man's Jeff Fahey), a seemingly out-of-work Shakespearean actor (you find out why he's always out of work pretty early on) who moonlights as a serial killer. She also draws the attention of hunky classmate Chris (Crosscut's Allen Cutler), a possible romantic interest, and obsessive professor Giraud (Panic Room's Patrick Bauchau), who is the first to notice that something is very amiss with Sarah-some of her work is very, very different from the rest of it (and, Giraud tells us, every sculptor's style is as individual as a fingerprint, so this doesn't make one bit of sense). She soon finds out, with the help of Giraud and psychic Madame Cleo (Rent's Vivis Colombetti), that she is a pawn in a demonic game much, much larger than any of its participants... It wouldn't surprise me if there were a pretty good script somewhere in the draft stages before this movie started filming. There are some fine ideas at the bottom of this, but they were all strangled by the time they reached the screen, by everything from Merrick (The Black Panther)'s questionable choices of camera angle at least once every five minutes to Jeff Fahey's hilarious (unintentionally, one assumes) overacting. And what we ended up with is just awful. * Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Every so often, a movie comes along that makes you wonder what everyone thought when they were making it and how they could have looked at the finished product and thought, "That was a good idea." This is one of them. Having an American actress maintain a fake-sounding British accent throughout an entire film when there's no good reason that her character needed to be British is a bad idea. Having the movie villain be some sort of unexplainable former priest/downfallen actor/demon is a bad idea. Including long conversations about the Louvre is a bad idea. Let's face it: making a pretentious, crawlingly slow movie about a possessed next door neighbor being an impotent incubus trying to get into the pants of an art student is a recipe for disaster, and this flick goes boldly into that catastrophic land. The only good thing in this otherwise lousy attempt at horror was that it was filmed in San Francisco, so the scenery is beautiful and I recognized many of the settings personally. If only the actors hadn't insisted on showing up and ruining it all, this would have been a far better film. "The Demon Within": You're better off without. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member 3.5/10. The main problem with this movie is simple. It is stupid and boring. It has some cool effects, but there isn't much else going for it. The acting isn't bad. It is overlong at 101 minutes. Another interesting plot idea not utilized. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member [center][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/demon_within/dvd.php?select=1"][font=Garamond][size=4][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/30/198730.jpg[/img][/size][/font][/url][/center] [center] [/center] [center][font=Garamond][size=4][b][i][color=navy]The Demon Within[/color][/i] had a good ending attached to a long, slow-paced, boring story. If the movie had just moved at a quicker pace instead of super-slow I might have enjoyed it a little more. The acting wasn't all that bad...actually I thought most of it was pretty good. Basically [i][color=navy]The Demon Within[/color][/i] is a story about an artist named Sarah who moves from England to San Francisco. She moves in next door to a crazed actor who is harboring a demon within. The demon wants to impregnate Sarah. Blah blah blah...to make a long story short, [i][color=navy]The Demon Within[/color][/i] is boring and pointless...[font=Arial Black][size=3][color=navy]don't waste your time[/color][/size][/font]. [/b][/size][/font][/center] [center] [/center] [center][font=Garamond][size=4][b]Director: Ian Merrick[/b][/size][/font][/center] [center][font=Garamond][size=4][b]Rated: R[/b][/size][/font][/center] [center][font=Garamond][size=4][b]*1 Merrick Film Viewed[/b][/size][/font][/center] [center][b][font=Garamond][size=4]:fresh:[/size][/font] [/b][/center] Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      A.O. Scott New York Times Rated: 0.5/5 Apr 10, 2001 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Nov 9, 2005 Full Review David N. Butterworth rec.arts.movies.reviews Laughable and ludicrous. Rated: 0/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis With a story as colorful as it's many authentic Bay Area backdrops, "The Sculptress" is a gripping thriller about the spiritual possession of Sarah, a young artist who follows her passion for art to study at one of the finest Art Institutes in San Francisco. Having left her guarded and religious home in England for the majestic and liberated San Francisco, Sarah finds herself alone and vulnerable for the first time in her life.
      Director
      Ian Merrick
      Executive Producer
      Denis Shusterman
      Distributor
      Phaedra Cinema
      Production Co
      D&S Screen Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 27, 2000, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 18, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $10.0K
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