Thursday, October 4, 2012

Vincent (1982) Review

Tim Burton's Vincent
Director: Tim Burton
Narrated by: Vincent Price
Genre: Short film, Stop-motion, Horror

Tim Burton's first directed work, a short titled Vincent. At just under six minutes long, this short stop-motion film is what sparked Burton's directing career, and perhaps even defined it.

What do you get when you combine Vincent Price, Tim Burton, Edgar Allan Poe, and Gothic German expressionism? Well, you get Vincent of course.

The short is about a boy who is obsessed with Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe, and is essentially a big horror fan. He often imagines being Vincent Price (who also narrates) and performs experiments and what have you.

Vincent Price does a great job narrating the short, which is really just a visual poem. Though this can be enjoyed by anyone, Price fans will be especially pleased, with not only getting to here the man himself but also with numerous references to Price films.

Vincent in Tim Burton's Vincent

The stop-motion animation is beautiful and is done in that distinct Burton-style that was later repeated in his later films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie. It has a very dark, gothic style, and the sets here are very beautifully inspired by early German expressionist films. The chilling soundtrack compliments the theme wonderfully. 

One of Burton's best even till this day, and a story that resonates with any Horror fan.

5/5 stars

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