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December 14, 2022

Episode 601: The Ninth Gate (1999)

Episode 601: The Ninth Gate  (1999) Guest Co-Hosts: Matthew Asprey Gear, A.J. Black

Noirvember and Shocktober meet on this episode as we discuss Roman Polanski's 1999 film The Ninth Gate. Based on the book The Club Dumas by , the film tells the tale of Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a book detective who gets put on a case by the diabolical Boris Balkan (Frank Langella). He’s to compare three volumes of the same book, a tome which holds the secret of summoning the dark lord himself.

Matthew Asprey Gear and AJ Black join Mike to discuss Polanski, Satan, and the millennium.

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Original Soundtrack - Wojciech Kilar



  1. Not sure why you can't believe it. I hope you enjoyed the episode.

  2. Great episode, great movie. I really enjoyed the Coroso character and thought it one of JD's best roles. The book-detective who encounters supernatural events is made for TV, shades of Kolchak no? I never pictured JD in a role like this, but his dry book geek performance is spot on ... I couldn't help but laugh when he's in his kitchen and he sticks the frozen dinner in the microwave box and all! Speaking of end credits music, Sumi Jo is amazing and definitely tops Annie Lennox at the end of Coppolla's Dracula.
    9th Gate makes me wish book-detective noir was more of a genre, and had hoped JD might reprise this role. I also liked Jean Reno in "Crimson Rivers" as another detective encountering quasi-supernatural events. But yeah, 9th Gate great pick Mike!

  3. The worst of the 'Angel Heart' rip offs...