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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - A Musical - Directed by Tim Burton- Starring Johnny Depp

 Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - A Musical - Directed by Tim Burton- Starring Johnny Depp

Available on HBO GO 

Sweeney Todd's story first emerged in the 1840s as a "penny dreadful," a serialized story published in cheap pamphlets aimed at the working class. The tale of a vengeful barber who slits his customers' throats and grinds their bodies into meat pies quickly gained notoriety for its macabre themes and dark humor.

This Tim Burton-directed musical slasher film stars Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd and Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett. It follows the story of Sweeney Todd, a barber who seeks revenge on Judge Turpin, the corrupt judge who exiled him and drove his wife to suicide. He partners with Mrs. Lovett, a struggling pie shop owner, who uses his victims' flesh in her meat pies.

Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) to dispose of his victims in a gruesome way. The film is known for its dark and gothic atmosphere, stellar performances, haunting score, and visually stunning cinematography.

Sweeney Todd, unjustly exiled by the corrupt Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), returns to London seeking revenge.

He sets up a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's failing pie shop, and their partnership soon takes a dark turn.

Todd slits the throats of his unwitting customers, while Mrs. Lovett uses their flesh to create her surprisingly popular meat pies.

As their murderous scheme flourishes, their dark desires and hidden pasts threaten to unravel everything.

The movie Won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and was

Nominated for two Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

I remember this as being quite a rush to watch, just one scene after the next, it was hard to look at AND hard to look away.