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Evil Slips Through 

Year: 2003 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Dreamcatcher is one of those films that is exceedingly tough to review without giving something away. This is a movie that is best seen when you know absolutely nothing about it. 

Based on a Stephen King novel, the plot revolves around 4 lifelong friends who share some unusual gifts. The four of them take a hunting trip and are hit by a blizzard, but the snow turns out to be the least of their problems out in the woods. This doesn't really do the story justice, but that's really all you want to know going into the movie. Trust me on this one.

Morgan Freeman is the biggest star in Dreamcatcher. It's a bit tough to accept him in the role he plays even with the humongous eyebrow toupee they put on him to try to make him look meaner. The remaining characters are well cast. Jason Lee in particular steals a number of scenes as the foul mouthed Beaver.

This movie is not for everyone. If you're a fan of Stephen King, you'll probably enjoy Dreamcatcher. I say "probably" because although there are classic King elements in the story, it goes in some directions we do not normally expect from him.

The movie has some very original and unusual elements. The film is enjoyable, and it is very worthy of being seen on the big screen. The movie almost goes a bit too far at points; some of the things you're going to see are really, umm, different. But if you're in the mood for something truly different and enjoy horror and thrillers, go and see it. And if it wasn't pushing the boundaries in some way, it wouldn't be a true Stephen King experience, would it?

Percival Tucker

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Screenings of this film:

2003/2004 Autumn Term (35mm)