Meridian (1990) is an American horror movie that is 85 minutes long and was filmed in Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and Giove, Terni, Umbria, Italy. Director and writer Charles Band (Blood Dolls (1999), Puppetmaster (1989), The Dungeonmaster (1984), Shrunken Heads (1994)) succeeded at executing this terrific movie that resembles Beauty and the Beast (1991) plot. The movie was captivating and had an amazingly great love story that fans who indulge themselves in love story will love this movie. The film contains sexual content, brief nudity, violence, suspense, horror, romance, rape, drugs, and a creepy old castle and looks fantastic but gives you the creepy feeling. Charles Band is on my list of directors that I look forward to movies that are directed by them. It is a Gothic romance movie that I will watch again and hope that the film will be remade into some extraordinary.
Meridian revolves around Catherine Bomarzini (Sherilyn Fenn - Rude Awakening (1998), Of Mice and Men (1992), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks (1990)) who is an American that recently graduated art school. Her father died, and she decides to visits her family castle in Italy which she inherited. Catherine is beyond happy and invites her best friend Gina (Charlie Spradling - Wild at Heart (1990), The Doors (1991), To Sleep with a Vampire (1993), Puppet Master II (1990)) who restores paintings to spend the weekend with her in Italy. The girls saw a carnival located outside the castle gates and decide to enjoy the show and acts but made a life changing mistake. Gina loved the show and invited the head magician Lawrence (Malcolm Jamieson - Victor Victoria (1982), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), Sharpe’s Rifles (1993)) and the crew for dinner at the castle. The girls were drugged resulting in an orgy where Catherine is not sure if one of the creatures involved in the orgy was real or not. Catherine constantly keeps on having visions ever since that night with the carnival folks. One of her visions is of a young female who was stabbed in the castle. Catherine investigates and asks the castle caretaker Martha (Hilary Mason - Don’t Look Now (1973), Dolls (1987), Robot Jox (1989), Haunted (1995)) who told her that it is the ghost of her ancestor. The female in Catherine’s vision is her aunt (her father’s sister) who was brutally murdered because of a 15th Century curse that was put on her family. Catherine also discovered something; she is the next one in line to die, and the carnival people that she invited for dinner are part of the curse. Catherine knows that she is the only one that can dispel the curse from the Bomarzini Castle and sets forth to do so. Will Catherine die or will she dispel the curse?
I gave this movie a seven because it was great in many aspects although it fell short with the ending. The first fifty minutes of the movie was very intriguing and had my undivided attention. The last thirty minutes or so of the film needed major work and appears as though the director/screenplay writer lost interest or ran out of time. Sherilynn Fenn gave the best performance in the movie with her phenomenal acting skills making her performance realistic. The other actors did a great job as well but do not compare to Sherilynn Fenn. The sets were breathtaking with the beautiful sceneries. Every department in the movie did a wonderful job, and I wish there were more effort in the ending of the film.
About Meridian (1990)
Starring: Phil Fondacaro, Sherilyn Fenn, Charlie Spradling, Hilary Mason, Vernon Dobtcheff, Vito Passeri, Alex Daniels, Malcolm Jamieson, Angelo de Bianchi, Salem Badr, Walter Colombaioni, Nashira, Gianluca Tramboni, Fernando Cerulli, Isabella Celani, Fabrizio Fontana, Gianni Bisbini, Fabrizio Mele, Mohamed Badrsalem
Director: Charles Band