Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (film)/Fridge

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Fridge Brilliance

  • I disliked the bright, paint-looking blood in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In a different movie, it might have been okay, but it just made me sick when compared to the subdued, washed-out tones of every other bright color, and the dark, smoke-stained grittiness of London. However, there are two other things in the film that are as clear: the razors and the flashbacks. These are the only things that are real to him. Todd's not a completely unfeeling monster (as possibly shown with the father/husband he didn't kill, either because of sympathy or witnesses): though the people mean nothing to him, the killing still affects him. It may not have been the intent of the director and effects artist, but it makes the special effects dissonance much less sickening. -- User:JET 73 L
    • Sweeney's not an unfeeling monster, he's a passionate, enraged monster. The blood from his killings is always a pure visual metaphor for his emotions. The intensity of the spray and the gore matches the strength of his rage towards his victim. In the film, there is exactly one cold-blooded execution - when he kills the Beggar Woman who was actually his long thought dead wife, he is only concerned with getting her out of the barber shop so that he can have his revenge on Judge Turpin. He has no emotion toward her, she's not even the object of his general rage at the world - he just wants her out of the way quickly, so her blood does not spurt - just flows in an even, undisturbed sheet down her neck. At the end, as he's mourning his slain wife, he feels not rage but sorrow and weeps tears of blood from his own slit throat. -- User:Twin Ion Engines
      • Uhh, the entire point of the "Johanna" song is that he's killed so much that he's become detached and really doesn't care -- User:Pannic
    • Sweeney and his dead wife are the only people whose blood doesn't spurt or gush. It dribbles because, to him, they're already dead. -- User:Arzeef

Fridge Horror

  • Also true for the musical but underlined in the movie, holy christ, practically everyone is dead! Seriously, Signor Pirelli, Beetle Bailey, Judge Turpin, Mrs. Barker (Todd's now insane wife - though, not quite as insane as in the original musical), Mrs. Lovett, Todd himself, not to mention a whole mess of townsfolk. This is, of course, not particularly a feel-good movie, but once you reach the fridge: the only characters left are Toby (who may or may not go insane and/or be locked forever with people and pies in various states of decay around him), Joanna (who - and Tim Burton particularly underlines this, but YMMV - hasn't known a life outside a heavily guarded room), and Anthony (who, as a sailor may well have seen some gnarly things in the first place, but was then threatened by Turpin and Co., passed himself off to get into Fog's Asylum and then left its owner to die by being torn to bits, and is now left with the utterly broken woman he loves). Basically, if you lived in this movie, you'd either be dead or wish you were. -- User:capitoltvjunkie