Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre [Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre] (2001)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre</strong> [<strong class="MovieTitle">Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre</strong>] (2001)

(On DVD, December 2002) It’s not because it’s French that it’s good. In this case, this particular take on the classic monster story is interesting because it stars the adorable Sophie Marceau and takes place in Paris, but as for the rest, well… Apart from the striking visuals, it’s strictly a run-of-the-mill supernatural thriller. Possession clichés are trotted out one after another, and if the Egyptian lore is cause for a good frisson or two, those shivers remains overwhelmingly based on potential alone. Belphégor has too much visual pizzazz to be considered boring, but on the other hand it’s nothing particularly striking.

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