"Indulgent" and "directed by Ken Russell" are practically synonymous,… More"Indulgent" and "directed by Ken Russell" are practically synonymous, but this warped Edgar Allan Poe tribute is ridiculous even by Russell standards. Essentially, this poor excuse for a movie feels like Russell just grabbed a video camera (yes, it was shot on video) and spent a couple of weeks shooting some younger friends hamming it up around the grounds of his estate. Mugging faces in extreme closeup are everywhere, and most characters are smeared with ghoulish greasepaint. Russell himself plays a horny, lab-coated psychologist with a silly German accent. Lead actor James Johnston is also a musician (grossly derivative of Nick Cave), and multiple scenes are simply detachable music videos dropped into the story. And the dramatic "fall" in the climax? It's a bounce house shaped like a castle. No lie. This is as bad a film as you'll ever see from a major director.