This film is as visually striking as it is imaginatively rich and layered - a rare combination (like bladerunner).
It creates a dark,humorous world that Tim Burton only wishes he could produce (to be fair, he did come close with Sweeney Todd), but in this film, their are far more challenging taboos and boundaries being analysed and deconstructed - all within the framework of an Elyptical, fairtale-like nightmare (Pan's labryinth is the only thing that compares)
the director Michael Soavi has been cutting his teeth on superb thrillers for decades under the tutorship of his metor - Dario Argento - but with this film, his masterpiece, all bets are off. its a magical cinematic feat that only Talent, dedication and largely Chance can conspire to conceive. Unfortunately, there is no Region 2 DVD,nor has it ever been screened in the UK, bar once, so you'll provbably have never seen it before. Shame.