Ira Levin is an eclectic writer who has done comedy-drama (Sleuth),
adventure (The Boys from Brazil),
thrillers (Rosemary's Baby),
and science fiction such as The Stepford Wives.
But Goldman's screenplay and Forbes's ponderous direction slow his exciting novel to a laborious pace.
Goldman, an often excellent writer, scripted BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, and Forbes proved himself with SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, as well as many other films. So what happened here? The first hour takes what feels like two, and the last 44 minutes goes like an Indy car, so the pace is
alternately snail's and Lamborghini's. Ross and her husband, Masters...