Hall Baltimore is a mystery writer whose career is on the decline. He arrives in a small town to participate in a book signing which turns out to be merely a table placed in the corner of a hardware store with no one showing much interest at all. The only exception being Bobby La Grange, the local sheriff, who is not only a fan of Hall but an aspiring writer himself. Bobby, a man who seems to have a few screws loose, invites Hall to the morgue where he shares with Hall the latest murder victim, a young woman whom he believes to be the killed at the hands of a serial killer. Not amused, Hall cuts his losses and returns to his hotel to sleep. That night in a dream he meets a mysterious young ghost named V, and while Hal doesn't grasp the connection between the two young woman, he begins to craft his next mystery novel which leads him to the truth. Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt is a heady mix of mood, atmosphere and ideas that is never quite as coherent as it should be. The greatest strength of the film is its atmosphere and Coppola does a great job using digital photography to his advantage, creating a beautiful aesthetic that transports the viewer into a fantasy world. What Coppola does with colors and atmosphere on such a low budget is impressive and should really be studied, punching up colors in a way that really hits the viewer dramatically in key dramatic scenes. For me, Twixt is a complex film about the writing process, capturing the inner demons and thoughts which must come to the surface in order to fully create something unique and compelling. Hal is a man that must confront his past in order to succeed, drawing inspiration from the darkness. While Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt is very complex and a little convoluted it's a film that deserves far more praise than it received, being a truly unique horror/ mystery film.
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