Karen Karbo
February 01, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Magician/PI Edward Moon and his sidekick — the golem-like title character — take a walk on the seedier side of Victorian London in search of a monstrous killer who may be an actual monster in Jonathan Barnes’ The Somnambulist.

Movie Pitch
The Illusionist meets Arthur Conan Doyle. And Edgar Allan Poe. Also Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, and Doctor Who.

Bottom Line
Old-school entertainment in the penny-dreadful tradition that almost succeeds in being as sublime as it is ridiculous. B

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