SO MANY, MANY THANX, TCM!!!
I have been waiting over twenty years, over half my life, to see this film, and TMC showed it last night!
It was well worth the wait -- what a wonderful film with which to wrap up Castle's directing career.
And what an absolutely bizarre film. Yet, in a weird sort of way it was classic Castle: a horror film (sorta... yeah) with a gimmick (largely without dialog, most major performances by mimes, and it was sortakinda an "arty" film, too... which for Castle, is definitely a gimmick!)
It's interesting... I had so many years to build up thoughts, expectations, inevitable concepts of the nature of the film; especially since I tried to not read anything very specific, detailed about the film in order to not spoil the viewing of it for me! So, I think because of Castle producing Rosemary's Baby, Shanks to me was a very *urban* story, with muddier, gloomier photography and vastly different (and, actually, almost no) music -- and the female lead looked like Celeste Yarnell in my mind!!!
But, tho very different from what I expected, it was incredibly unique and special. Extremely well-made and acted.
Plus, Helena ("I don't wanna talk about it") KaliantoIcan'tspellitonis!!! Yay!!!