THE SHOW (2020) Reviews and overview of Alan Moore movie

 

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The Show is a 2020 British fantasy horror film about a man who encounters vampires, Voodoo gangsters, noir private eyes and masked avengers.

Directed by Mitch Jenkins from a screenplay written by Alan Moore, the movie stars Tom Burke, Siobhan Hewlett, Ellie Bamber, Alan Moore, Christopher Fairbank and Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

Plot:

A frighteningly focussed man of many talents and identities arrives in the strangely haunted town of Northampton, a place as dangerous as he is. On a mission to locate a stolen artefact for his menacing client, Fletcher (Tom Burke) becomes entangled in a twilight world of vampires, sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, noir private eyes and masked avengers.

Fletcher quickly sinks into a bizarre and delirious black hole hidden just beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet town. Soon Fletcher discovers dreams and reality have blurred and there may no longer be a real world to go back to…

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Reviews:

” …there’s a hefty dose of meta-textual commentary that sits easily alongside the surreal happenings and noir inflections. Oblique references to an 80s-style computer game sketch out strange ideas about the simulacrum-style nature of reality in relation to dreams, whilst Moore is more direct in his skewering of the American superhero, an archetype that he himself helped to deify before renouncing.” Film Stories

“The emotional resonance doesn’t really ring beyond all the bells and whistles of its weirdness and wonder. Still, the result is a film that is pointedly and ruthlessly maddening, down to a finale that doesn’t feel all that final. Even with some questions left dangling, The Show offers a supremely intoxicating adventure, ripe with imagination, rank with decadence, and rabid with more, more Moore.” IGN

“It’s a high-quality chatfest, delivered with conviction by a deadpan cast, with many, many quotable bits and throwaways, and Jenkins gives it all a colourful David Lynch-by-way-of-1980s-Film-on-4 look.  Making a film noir revolving around a character from the Beano (the slyest gag is what he uses as an assassination tool) is an amusing idea, though it has its baggy stretches.” The Show

The Show is more a slow boil dark fantasy and it may not be a true noir in the classic sense. Moore skips some of the conventions of that particular sub-genre and merely uses it as an example of the variety of characters that inhabit this strange world. He uses it more as a tool for the strange and an injection of absurdity and humor.” Screen Anarchy

Release:

The Show will have its UK premiere at the 2021 Arrow Video FrightFest in London on August 27th.

Cast and characters:

Tom Burke … Fletcher Dennis
Siobhan Hewlett … Faith Harrington
Darrell D’Silva … James Mitchum
Ellie Bamber … Becky Cornelius
Christopher Fairbank … Patsy Bleaker
Antonia Campbell-Hughes … Monica Beardsley
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Oaklee Pendergast … Tim 1
Babou Ceesay
Richard Dillane … Henry Gaunt
Sheila Atim … John Conqueror
Alan Moore … Frank Metterton
Eric Lampaert … Herbert Sherbert
Josie Taylor … Gwen Coker
Daniel Tuite … DCI Rickett
Robert Goodman … Nicky Matchbright
Bradley John … Elton Carnaby
Ian Barritt
Ethan Rouse … Tim 2
Stewart Magrath … PC Sweetly
Emma Pearce … Voodoo Girl
Martin Sadd … Dancer
Matt Lavall … Brinsley (as Matt Scott)
Lee Blackwell … Dave
Gayle Richardson … Sharon

Technical details:

82 minutes

Trailer: