Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This Is Not Mello Yellow

zodiac (2007) poster

Donovan “The Hurdy-Gurdy Man”

by Mark Cappelletty

zodiac 2007 title
dvd screengrab courtesy of dvdbeaver.com

Zodiac, as long as it is (and the director’s cut due on DVD/HD-DVD in January, is rumored to be a full half-hour longer!), is one of the most unnerving movies in years. It’s not quite as bone-rattling as director David Fincher’s Se7en, but it comes pretty close. Fincher, using a lot of invisible digital trickery, transports us back to the San Francisco of the ‘70’s, both in the look and tone of the film. We get a real sense of a city under siege and the seemingly random nature of the killings makes you feel that anyone could be the Zodiac Killer’s next victim.

zodiac 2007 capture 3

The use of Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man” is really effective— it’s the sixties flower-power equivalent of the “Ka-Ka-Ka” Friday The 13th musical cue. Once Donovan comes up on the soundtrack, you know the Summer Of Love is over— but good.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude - we were there for the summer of love - check out this pic of me and my little sister kathleen in frisco in 67. how do you know we weren't the zodiacal k's? yes, i was se7en at the time - bfd!





9:01 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw - i think the butthole surfers did a cover of that song - ot bad if oi recall correctly.



9:03 PM PDT  
Blogger Vic Arpeggio said...

You are correct sir!

It's on the "Pioughd + Widowermaker" CD, which was just reissued earlier this year. It's pretty freaky too, as to be expected from the Buttholes.

1:14 AM PDT  

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