Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pale Man versus No-Headed Princess

You can't beat a good monster, and from the first time I saw "Pan's Labyrinth", I thought the Pale Man scene was one of the creepiest, and most original, in movie history.

But after randomly watching the 1985 film "Return to Oz", I'm not so sure.  Are these scenes similar or is it just me?

Stranger things have happened than a macabre film director being influenced by a Disney film!


martinealison said...

Très impressionnante image! Wouaou... Bisous

Chris said...

Return to oz looks pretty scary for a kids movie! ( :

I see "Pans labyrinth" is one of your favourite films on your profile. I actually saw it a month ago. I admired the imaginative visuals very much.

I'm assuming her name Ofelia might be a reference to the play Hamlet, any idea? I wouldn't call Del Toro's Ofelia mad(as Shakespeare's is), I think the ending of Pans labyrinth might be the link to Shakespeare's Ofelia.

I once read an article on Pans Labyrinth about Ofelia’s desire to give life to the death surrounding her (during WW2).

I don’t think "Pans labyrinth" is for kids, based on the violence.
I wouldn’t show it to people under 15. But other scenes are clearly more suitable for children,
which makes it confusing for me which audience del Toro is trying to reach. I feel this aspect is a weakness.

I thought "Pans labyrinth" was comparable to Roberto Benigni's "Life is beautiful",
about a child escaping the horrors of WW2 in a fantasy. Pan might even be her subconscious in del Toro's film. While the father is obviously what fuels the games in "life is beautiful" to try and protect his son from violence. Neither film I loved, but both I liked.

Yolanda Barker said...

Glad you like it Martine :

365, Cheers for your comment! I think the name Ophelia has come to represent madness. For me, the crux of Pan's Labyrinth is its ambiguity. Does the fanstasy world exist, or has she created it in as her as a means of escapism from a cruel world? there's evidence to support both theories. I think the Ophelia reference keeps that question very much in focus.

I think the film has an 18 certificate - it wasnt supposed to be for children, but it's told in a fable / fairytale -like way. I think it's because these kinds of images remind us of our childhood and hit us at a very primal level...

Unknown said...

The movie is def. not for children. I feel like it was marketed that way, especially in the trailer and commercials but upon seeing it I immediately was glad I didn't take my little brother to see because he would have been petrified.

Especially at the part with the pale man.

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