Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin, Joanne Whalley, David Paymer. 88 min. Rated R. Horror/Thriller.
Stephen King-wannabe writer is promoting his new book in a small town that doesn't have a bookstore and everybody minds their own business, and befriends Edgar Allen Poe in his dreams to draw inspiration from a serial child murder case that happened in the town's old motel years ago, and write a novel about vampire executions. I know, sounds weird. But Coppola's revisit of vampire territory is slightly enchanting, and the beautifully photographed black-and-white dream sequences are mesmerizing as post-modern renditions of Gothic horror. Coppola continues to experiment with new styles and instruments; let's see when he hits gold again.
PS: Exes Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley are a husband and wife here who only speak together through Skype, and Kilmer calls her his inspiration for his novels on witchcraft. Nice sense of humor.