The scrutiny is left all the way to our imagination and when the time comes to answer, it never matches the description we had in our head.
The Hughes Brothers, the directors, aren’t actually living up to the reputation of the Brothers’ show. Not to say that every of such duos have given us the best that there is out there. But if you look closely, you will find one quality embedded in them, in their work. And it is that they are entertaining. They’ll hook you in and convince you, no matter how outrightly wrong and questioning their methods would be. And this is really annoying for the makers, since they could never arrest you with their thrills. And to top it off, the film claims to be of horror genre and not for a single moment are you ever enchanted.
So shocking, disenchanting the viewers is a secondary element. From script to execution, this gossip-y gullible town thinks similar of its audience who is told to feed off from those same elements. Now one going through those same events than the one’s observing would definitely be more into it. And even that is not the case here. Addition to that, these “ones” that are told to go through and are in it, also doesn’t seem to enjoy.
Even the actors, the performance feels too effortful to ever be taken seriously. Johnny Depp, the sung, off-the-boundaries, police detective, is way too reserved to ever put itself into danger. The stakes never communicates with us. And it is primarily because these performers won’t care for any of the ongoing fiascos in this spooky town. How are we then supposed to buy into the gossip that they are numb towards. Why would we invest on something so formal and subjectively pretentious. From Hell is from hell. The methods, the laws and the routine is something that would never appeal to us. Why bother, then? is the final reaction we have as we bid goodbye to this doomed town.