This French horror flick featuring Sophie Marceau is highly underrated. Although it’s not grand and luxurious, it certainly deserves a better rating. If for nothing else than for its setting and visual style. Based on a novel Belphégor by Arthur Bernède, this is actually the first movie that got the permission to shoot inside the famous Louvre museum in Paris. This gave a strange, almost poetic vibe to the movie since it’s relatively low on scares. And on nudity, although Sophie did show us her perfectly sculpted body on a couple of occasions. When you combine all this with a bit of French humor, you get Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre, a horror movie that’s not scary but visually appealing. Plus, if you’re a fan of archeology or Egypt, forget about it…
After uncovering some strange artifacts in Egypt (where else would they find an ancient demon Belphegor), that were later on brought to Louvre, an apparition starts to haunt the place. It is up to the famous Egyptologist and a detective to get to the bottom of this. With very good special effects and a nice plot this movie is very interesting and presents a French view on a classic demon movies of America. I guess that the closest example is Relic, with a very similar story. Still it lacks the expected sensuality and that weird vibe that I was hoping for. And if you want to check out another French movie with a similar vibe, I would recommend The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec.
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Cast: Sophie Marceau, Michel Serrault, Frédéric Diefenthal, Julie Christie, Jean-François Balmer
Fun Stuff: This is the third dramatized adaptation, following the first film in 1927, and a TV miniseries in 1965.