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Movie Preview: Dorian Gray

After An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, director Oliver Parker has taken on a third Oscar Wilde work: an adaptation of Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The spooky story follows Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes), a handsome young man who becomes the subject of a painting. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth) who encourages Dorian to live a more hedonistic lifestyle, and soon Dorian wishes that he could remain youthful forever and that the painting of him would age instead. Strangely, Dorian's wish comes true and he delves deeper into a corrupt world — but each of his dark deeds is portrayed as a disfigurement or deterioration of the Dorian-in-the-painting, reminding Dorian that his soul is marred even if his physical appearance is not.

I remember reading the book years ago so I know that the source material in itself is very, very creepy, but seeing it played out on film seriously intensifies the creepiness. In looking for an eerie experience, I think I'd watch this movie over going to a Saw-themed haunted house any day.

Dorian Gray will receive its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and will open in the UK on Sept. 9. To check out an international teaser trailer, read more.

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