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The Wyvern Mystery
The Wyvern Mystery
Actors: Naomi Watts, Derek Jacobi, James Doherty, Iain Glen, Jack Davenport
Director: Alex Pillai
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     2hr 0min

Studio: Bfs Ent & Multimedia Limi Release Date: 10/07/2003 Run time: 118 minutes


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Actors: Naomi Watts, Derek Jacobi, James Doherty, Iain Glen, Jack Davenport
Director: Alex Pillai
Creators: Gareth Neame, Jane Tranter, Jim Reeve, Julie Clark, Ruth Baumgarten, David Pirie, Sheridan Le Fanu
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Horror, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2003
Original Release Date: 10/12/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 10/12/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Victorian Gothic Thriller Starring Naomi Watts (in Costume)
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 06/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Wyvern Mystery" is from the PBS "Mystery!" series, based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu's gothic novel of the same title published 1869. It stars Derek Jacobi, Naomi Watts, Jack Davenport, and Iain Glen.The story is aptly convoluted (but changed to suit the running time, especially the latter half of the film). Being orphaned, Alice Maybell (Watts) is brought to the mansion of austere Squire, Henry Fairfield (Jacobi), who locks up her in the dreary wing. Grown-up Alice is wooed by the Squire, but finds a new and secret love in one of the Squire's son, Captain Charles Fairfield (Glen). They find a new home in Carwell Grange, bleak house where no one visits except Charles's brother Harry (Davenport), but there is another secret hiding in this place, which sooner or later Alice is to find out behind the wall of her secluded room.Le Fanu's original story is so complex particularly in the last one-third of the novel, so the film changed the whole story into more conventional form. That works to some extent, even though the spooky touch of this Irish writer, who really led a hermit-like life in his country, is somehow missing from the result. But the good acting from the leads, and the effective costumes and locations help us to be enticed to the gothic world, where the heroine is gradually threatened by weird things and the mental depression as their consequences. And Naomi Watts looks splendid in costume. Her fans should not miss it.Le Fanu's most famous (and best) novel will be "Uncle Silas" which was also filmed (under the title of "The Dark Angel", not to be confused with Jessica Alva TV) early in the 1990s starring Peter O'Tool."
Victorian Gothic
Rudy Avila | Lennox, Ca United States | 10/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Irish/French writer J. Sheridan Lefanu's novel "Carmilla" about a female vampire is his most famous work but he wrote a number of captivating Gothic novels dealing with ghosts and mystery. The Wyvern Mystery is a long and complicated work of psychological female fear, especially regarding losing children to a "monster" both within the woman herself or from a powerful "other". Naomi Watts - in Victorian garb- stars as the quintessentially Gothic heroine. She is somewhat naive about the world at first but develops into a mature and valiant woman who protects her family. All the elements of Gothic novels are present in this film brought to life by evocative cinematography and visuals. Fog, mist, eerie moonlight, strange noises, secrets, suspense, Gothic mansions and of course blood. Discover the Wyvern Mystery on this DVD edition. It first aired in the UK via the BBC and was featured in PBS's Mystery! hosted by veteran British star Vanessa Redgrave.

True. This formulaic and mainstream horror/mystery film is nothing like the longer and more psychologically chilling LeFanu novel. There have been many alterations which actually weaken the writer's intentions. LeFanu wrote not only supernatural thrillers involving vampires, ghosts and people behaving monstrously but was writing about repressed sexualities and fears of the unknown. In the 19th century, Gothic novels and romances were highly popular, especially among women. However, while romance was the biggest factor in the novels at first, it later became novels of darker themes. If you like this movie and you looked the book, you should read other LeFanu novels as well as such early Gothic novels as "The Castle of Otranto" and "The Monk". Both of these novels would make awesome horror films."
Chilling Period drama
maria cimini | Stockholm Sweden | 10/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent and most intruiging period drama. It has a chilling twist to it that has left me captivated ever since I saw it on television in England when first shown (spring of 2000). I have eagerly awaited it's coming out on DVD and can't wait to get it home and share it's wonderful, disturbing contents with my loved ones...."
Well worth watching
M. A. Bechaz | Australia | 06/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An amazing cast did this movie proud. Naomi Watts acted her heart out, and even if her accent sounds a little more Australian than English, she still did well, being utterly believeable in her role; indeed, the whole cast acted as if vying for an Oscar. Jack Davenport was as enigmatic as usual, of course.

An interesting, fast-paced storyline keeps the interest, and there are thrills and dramas aplenty. I would highly recommend this British movie to anyone who likes mysteries and Gothic thrillers.

I haven't read the book this is based on, so I can't comment on how it compares to the book. Judging by the other reviews, it would appear that it is actually an advantage not to read the book first, because doing so seems to jade people's opinions of the movie. But that so often happens with book-to-movie transitions, doesn't it?"