Leaving aside the War of the Roses with ex-wife Amber Heard, the first thing you associate Johnny Depp with is either his role as cult pirate Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean or the numerous roles he has played in Tim Burton hatched. It’s easy to forget that the superstar also gained a foothold in genre cinema around the turn of the millennium with a few horror thrillers — with films such as » From Hell » (2001) and of course » The Nine Gates » (1999).
The latter was denied great success at the box office despite the famous book, filmmaker icon Roman Polanski («Rosemary’s Baby») in the director’s chair and Depp in the leading role, but the atmospheric mix of horror, mystery and neo-noir thriller is still enjoyable great popularity to this day. Sat.1 is showing «The Nine Gates» on May 15, 2022 from 10:50 p.m. and we can only recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen the film for a long time or haven’t seen it at all. You can expect diabolical suspense cinema that, even after more than 20 years, captivates from the first to the last minute. Alternatively, «The Nine Gates» is also available for a small thaler on DVD and Blu-ray as well as a stream:
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«The Nine Gates»: A must for occult fans
At the center of «The Ninth Gate» (the original title) is the unscrupulous Dean Corso ( Johnny Depp ), who earns his living by finding literary rarities, sometimes with unfair means, and selling them on for a lot of money. When the Devil’s Book collector Boris Balkan ( Frank Langella ) offered him an exorbitant sum one day to check the authenticity of an edition of «The Nine Gates into the Realm of Shadows» by comparing it with the other two existing copies, he of course agreed — and soon realizes that there seems to be a lot more to the book than he originally thought…
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