31 Days of Halloween: Magic

31 Days of Halloween: Magic

31 Days of Halloween

Magic (1978)

Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Written by: William Goldman
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith

A film with young Anthony Hopkins and a puppet directed by the old guy in JURASSIC PARK?! What a strange combo. Though, in 1978 I’m sure it wasn’t that strange.

MAGIC is about a magician who has  a strange connection with his puppet that turns murderous. Anthony Hopkins is really great in this role. It’s actually the first time I’ve seen him in a movie as a young man, I think. Also, the puppet is damn creepy. I may never trust a ventriloquist dummy ever again. There are some straight up creepy moments of the puppet just sitting in chair. Nightmare fuel.

All the performances are great. There’s a love story here that’s believable enough. MAGIC is a surprisingly great little psychological horror flick.

Plot ★★★★☆ || Scares ★★★☆☆ || Entertainment ★★★★½

Overall Rating Overall Rating: ★★★★☆