Review - The Ancients (Le Peuple ancien) (2001) Unrated
Reviewing this one is a bit tough, because the film is in French
and has no subtitles. Fortunately as this is an adaptation of
Lovecraft's the "Very
Old Folk", the story is fairly easy to follow.
The film begins at an Archaeological
site with the discovery of a Roman era manuscript. From there
we go back to the time of the manuscripts writing and follow
a group of Roman Legionnaires. From there we drop into the actual
The locations used for this film are
wonderful. The scenic vistas
that the Romans travel through are wholly unlike anything in
an American Lovecraft film, and the film succeeds, in part,
because of that. The acting, while in a language I do not speak,
was solid and believable. If you want to know if someone is
a good actor? See if they can convey emotion through the language
The film doesn't need much in
the way of effects, as the story itself deals with strange cultists
in the hills as opposed to monsters of otherworldly terror.
Even so, the film take a very minimalist approach to the cultists,
keeping them in shadow when seen. This heightens the overall
effect and makes them even more creepy.
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