Review: Cape Fear
DVD & Blu-ray: Cape Fear (1991)
This 1991 Cape Fear is a remake of the 1962 film of the same name, which was based on John D. MacDonald’s 1957 novel, The Executioners.
Starring Robert De Niro as Max Cady, Nick Nolte as Sam Bowden, Jessica Lange as Sam’s wife Leigh, and Juliette Lewis as their daughter Danielle. It also features some the stars from the original movie; Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Martin Balsam in cameo roles.
The film tells the story of Cady; a man convicted of rape, who while in prison educates himself which he then uses this knowledge to legally torment his lawyer (Nolte) who suppressed evidence that could have led to a quashed conviction.
Much was made of this movie when it came out, a pumped up De Niro covered in tattoos and the explicit sexual violence and underage grooming. It’s a very stylised film, the way it looks, the colours and the way it’s cut, huge faces loom in shot while a lot of shots look like the zoom up chair shot in Jaws (you know the one).
Everyone is smoking a LOT, so much so that it did make me think several times that they all needed to get some nicotine patches. Then there’s the acting itself which is very over the top, but unsurprisingly it matches the whole package which is reminiscent of Natural Born Killers, a fantasy based in sexual violence and revenge.
The dialogue is terrible and had me groaning more than once. I hate to admit it as I’m not a big fan but the one shining light for me in this film is Juliette Lewis, she plays a 15 year old, sexually awakened by a rapist murdering nut-job brilliantly, and all without the use of a nice fag.
I couldn’t call this a dated film, literally because it’s so stylised. But if I could only watch one version, I’m afraid I’d pick the black and white one every time.
- The Making of Cape Fear
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind the Scenes on the Fourth of July Parade
- On the Set of the Houseboat
- Photograph Montages
- Matte Paintings
- Opening Credits
- Theatrical Trailer
Cape Fear is released on December 14th by Fabulous Films.
Review by Tina from a disc kindly supplied by Fabulous Films.