A terrifying love story.
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.
Magia, Magia Negra, Магия, Magic - Die Puppe des Grauens
Anthony Hopkins is a massively successful ventriloquist named Corky and Ann-Margaret is occasionally naked. If you need more than that, we're very different people.
seeing anthony hopkins not old is so fucking weird
When you take your hand and put it inside of yourself and move the levers and gears that make you blink and talk and smile and raise your eyebrows to punctuate a sentence or improve your line delivery whose hand is it and whose voice?
Uncanny from the very start, wherein the misdirection is that it never is not what it is and what it is doing all along even as it encourages us to forget a little here a little there, puts off our attention so that maybe we don't notice the lengthening shadows until night has really fallen and we can't find our way back to a place that never really was and we knew that all along but we forgot just a little here or there or forgot to pay attention but that isn't true because we wanted to even though we knew better and what does that always get us in the end?
part 1 of the father extended cinematic universe, this beautifully heartwarming story of a man struggling with and overcoming personal and mental obstacles in the face of...
woooowwwzeeee is this movie fucking nuts. it’s tonally so all over the place. sometimes feeling like a ‘72 after school special while other times an adaptation of our worst childhood nightmares involving creepy ass dolls. Hopkins is so certifiably crazed that it’s easy to see why he took this part, his dedication to the ventriloquist doll act along with his undeniable study magic tricks and the slight of hand that’s clearly not a camera trick is extremely impressive.
what’s also clear to me now is that as moved everyone was of in & of…
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70s horror # 130
I found the whole card trick scene inexplicably hot WTF is wrong with me?
This was a great psychological thriller and it’s one that’s been on my list forever.
Hopkins is unsurprisingly fantastic in his role as the mentally unwell magician, Corky. The dummy (Fats) is as unsettling as most.
You can tell there was a low production value but that doesn’t make the atmosphere any less eerie and effective or the story any less disturbing. There’s still lots of attention paid to the cinematography in creating scenes that are downright chilling.
If you enjoy 70s horror, this is one of the good ones.
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the great anthony hopkins. guys i think i found another one for my favorite movies. i’ve been wanting to see this hidden gem for sooooo long. the tension, the humanity, the atmosphere. there’s a lot more going on in this film instead of being a psychological horror flick. and i love that shit. i love the character of corky and his shy mild-mannered ways. the chemistry hopkins gives him and fats is the charm of the whole film! it was good breath of fresh air with a straight-forward thriller that cared about its character(s).
and dayummm isn’t ann margret a cutie! what a red headed beauty! so grateful i got to see this! i highly recommend it. it does suffer from pacing issues and (as always) editing mistakes. but if the premise doesn’t sell to you then hopkins performance will. what a movie!
That man is right! Ann-Margret’s tits do belong in a museum
September Horror 2020, Day 12 - Jerry Goldsmith
This is a perfect spooky season watch and I didn't even know it! Ann-Margret's cosy walking around the lake outfit is all I need now. The movie is kind of weird but she and (young, hot??) Anthony Hopkins are so good and the deserted cabin atmosphere is pretty and kind of sad. It's off-season, and it always will be. This is a sad movie. I was wondering at one point if it was even horror or just a drama about a crazy ventriloquist, but then there's a shocking moment of violence and shit gets real. I did enjoy Jerry Goldsmith's score, whenever the dummy appeared there was this sort of... evil harmonica and then it would go back to the normal music? You're not gonna hear that every day!
Magic is essentially a re-imagining of Psycho and it almost measures up in many ways. There's a seemingly sympathetic yet secretly psychopathic leading man. There's a small cast of victims and would-be heroes to conflict with the erratic nature of the madman. Instead of a hotel, there's a secluded cabin where secrets and heinous acts reside. Jerry Goldsmith's score compliments and homages master maestro Bernard Herrmann. And instead of the lingering nurture of one's dead mother, there an equally unsettling ventriloquist dummy bubbling with evil behind the veneer of mental stability in the protagonist. Anthony Hopkins is very good in the Norman Bates model, possibly just as good as Anthony Perkins. In a battle of the Tony's, I would have…
Horror Hunt #35 (May 2021)
20. Rewatching something I haven't seen in a while
I find it endlessly amusing how young Anthony Hopkins is just old Anthony Hopkins with a bunch of hair on the top.
This was another one of those films that I really remember liking back in the early parts of my pretentious teenage days. It is always risky to revisit and see whether or not it was actually a good film or if my dumb teenage-self said so because those were the rules. It is safe to say that Magic is in fact a very good film.
Anthony Hopkins plays the part of Corky, an anxious magician who finds his career pulled out of the…
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not even close to what i had envisioned when seeing this around over the years. i mostly came into it expecting a hammy ass mess but beyond said mess, this was pretty dark at times.
the character depth was a pleasant surprise. Anthony Hopkins slayed this a bit for sure. which is nice since i'm not a fan of his other horror adjacent roles from what i've seen.
not 100% solid in the film's pacing/length. some of the stuff near the end feels a bit needlessly expository but that might be because i've been treating myself to some mostly brisk cinema recently, who knows. the true test will be a future rewatch.
props to Fats for being one of the only inanimate objects of this kind (dolls, dummies, etc.) to actually have some scare factor for me.
Anthony Hopkins has an incredible performance here as Corky, a magician/ventriloquist that has a distinct issue separating himself from his dummy Fats. It's particularly strong when he's on screen with Burgess Meredith, who plays Corky's very concerned agent, though much of this focuses more on Corky trying to go back home and prepare himself for potential success though I think there's a few too many loose ends in here, especially as it relates to the career aspects.
On top of the solid performances, the camerawork and score both go a long ways into making Fats into his own distinct character, as present as Corky, if not moreso. It would be very easy for a movie like this to be a…
Wow that was fun. What a neat lil premise. Ridic, but still like, these actors are perfect. Never cared either way about tony hopkins but he’s cool here. sick that he actually learned how to be a ventriloquist, acting is easy but I guess that prep does involve some work and practice. sad to have seen rich attenborough’s only horror/thriller tho. Okay ending, sad to see burgess go so soon I honestly think this might be his best character. 79/100
William Goldman wrote this.
Richard Attenborough directed this.
Anthony Hopkins stars in this.
Jerry Goldsmith did the score.
That's a random collection of people I like and they all collaborated on a killer puppet movie in the late 70s. And it's surprisingly pretty good.
I expected this to be a cheesy, "midnight movie" type of thing, but I think it's actually better than that. It still has its trashy elements for sure, but the writing, directing and acting kind of elevate this in ways I wasn't expecting.
Hopkins plays a mentally imbalanced magician/stand-up comedian who has trouble connecting with an audience, so this weirdly reminded me of JOKER. As Hopkins partners up with a creepy marionette and starts becoming even…
The core concept of this film is too silly for me to even engage with it, for two reasons.
1) While the existence of Jeff Dunham proves that stupid jokes + puppets can make you a million dollars, the early scenes where Burgess Meredith's talent agent insists that ventroloquist/magician Corky is about to become the next major talent are too absurd. The movie makes the classic mistake of letting the viewer see a performance which we're meant to be amazed by and having it be moderately amusing at best. I'm not sure the film would be better if we never saw Corky's act before he has his breakdown and leaves Manhattan, but at least we wouldn't then spend the rest…
An absolutely deranged movie and I don't know why people don't talk about it constantly. Would have been 10/10 if it ended 30 seconds earlier.
Every time I watch this it moves up on my list. 100% in my top 10. maybe top 5.
Hopkins’ accent wonders between about three different dialects but I suppose it’ doesn’t matter. There’s enough creepiness from
His performance and most of it works through his physical acts. It’s a very creepy film and much like all of Attenborough works, very well disciplined in its storytelling.
Weird, but consistently intriguing, Magic's strange ways turn to blasé in the final act.
Wouldn't be surprised if this was an influence on Joker. The first ten minutes felt so much of the same grain and grime as Phillips take.
That's a lot of top tier talent to throw at a psycho talking doll movie.
Seriously, there are at least 7 Oscars and nearly three dozen nominations among the principals of this stupid thing.
Speaking of people who you wouldn't think would be working in the horror genre, this movie is full of prestige Hollywood personalities. Anthony Hopkins plays a creepy magician-turned-ventriloquist named Corky who spends almost as much time killing people as he does talking to his dummy Fats.
Adapted by William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "All The President's Men," "The Princess Bride") from his novel and directed by Richard Attenborough ("Gandhi"), "Magic" is a true oddity. It starts off as a low-key (but still off-kilter) psychological examination of a person with multiple personality disorder. As Corky's madness progresses, however, so does his temper.
The scenes between Hopkins and Ann-Margret (who is the object of Corky's unhealthy obsession) are a weird mix of tenderness and nail-biting restlessness. Burgess Meredith is also on hand to play Corky's slimy but effective manager.
This 1978 psychological thriller certainly has its moments but overall seems rooted in 70's filmmaking tropes to its detriment.
Famed director Richard Attenborough is at the helm and you can certainly see some lovely touches, from sweeping camera works to intricate angles and yet some of the scenes just don't hold the same attention to detail – almost as if Attenborough lost interest in some of the more lame parts of the screenplay; which was an adaptation of a novel by its author.
The same can be said about the film's musical score, by famed composer Jerry Goldsmith (who penned all of the Star Trek show themes from Next Generation on, as well as all of the films). Too much…
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