It turns out that this odd little town, a place that seems stuck in time – except for Baltimore’s shiny laptop computer – has an unsolved mystery, a serial murderer. In the town morgue, there is a dead girl, a large wooden stake prominently wedged inside the body.
Baltimore, desperate for a new idea, a new book, anything not about witches, reluctantly agrees to collaborate with the sheriff – and he learns a little bit more about the murders. More importantly, he dreams about these murders. He dreams about Virginia (Fanning) a sweet dead girl, a Goth vampire, metal braces on her teeth, tall and flat chested and somehow still impossibly beautiful, who tells him what happened. Virginia is the one who is going to give him the ending to his novel, the “bulletproof” ending that Baltimore’s literary agent – this film has one of those -- requires. Also, from the start, Baltimore loves her, loves her like a daughter.
The actual story – the murders, the vampires – doesn’t make all that much sense. Maybe it doesn’t need to.Twixt is filmed alternately in muted color and black and white and if you are lucky enough and see it in the right theater – which I was not – partially in 3D. You never feel situated in the real world, a real story, but instead a sort of odd fairytale land.
This is fine place to go. Twixt is sometimes funny, often frightening, and always keeps you a little bit on edge. Writers sitting at their desks writing, reading their work out loud, do not generally make for great cinema, but Kilmer kills it. In one scene, his Hall Baltimore gets drunker and drunker and drunker. After writing an opening sentence and deleting it, writing an opening sentence and deleting it, he begins to narrate this one sentence, reading it in alternating voices, including a black basketball player, and then a gay, black basketball player. It’s funny, sad, and more than a little bit familiar.
Txixt is currently screening at the Exground Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany and is playing in theaters in limited release.