Being kept inside by April showers is no fun – unless you’re watching horror films. This week, we’re looking at horror films in which rain and storms have their own role to play. Second on our list is a film in which water is an important conduit between Hell and earth, the 2005 Warner Bros. film Constantine.
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Constantine is based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book (the title was changed to avoid confusion with Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series). The occult detective film was directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello.
John Constantine (played by Keanu Reeves) has the ability to see and talk to half-angels and half-demons, which he uses to exorcize demons back to Hell to earn favor with Heaven. He helps troubled police detective Angela Dodson (played by Rachel Weisz) learn the truth about her twin sister’s death, uncovering a much more sinister plot in which the angel Gabriel (played by Tilda Swinton) plans to unleash demon kind on the Earth. Fan favorite Shia LaBeouf plays Chas Cramer, Constantine’s driver and student.
Just about everybody gets wet in Constantine. In the film’s mythos, water is a “universal conduit” which facilitates travel between Hell and its surrounding realms. In order to travel to Hell, a traveler must be partially (if not entirely) suspended in water back on Earth. The film’s rain-drenched streets combine with the largely black-and-white costumes for a gritty – and damp – noir sensibility.
Count the uses of water and rain in the official trailer below. For best effect, watch it with the lights out on a drizzly and gloomy afternoon.
If your video library is collected on discs, you’ll want to order “Constantine” on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon.com. – McC
If your video library is collected in digital form on a hard drive, you’ll want to buy the digital download of “Constantine” from Amazon Video. Or, if you prefer, you can watch it before you buy (terms apply). Sorry, this title is not eligible for Amazon Prime Video. – McC
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