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Born Of Fire (1983)
Movie Review by The Gravedigger

Born Of Fire (1983) This odd movie begins with a strange depiction of a solar eclipse, with a huge skull blotting out the sun. This is intercut with the eruption of a volcano. A female astronomer (Susan Crowley) is disturbed by the solar activity she sees through her telescope and hears strange music. It draws her to the performance of flutist Paul Bergson (Peter Firth), who is giving a recital. As soon as she enters it seems as if he recognizes her--and he stops playing, after which he excuses himself that he's not feeling well. Soon after he gets a phone call that his mother is doing poorly and rushes off to see her. The woman offers to give him a ride. Just before the old lady dies she whispers something to the girl..

After the funeral, he sees a strange looking bald man. On her drive home she sees the same man, who is now on her roof, looking in through her windshield. She crashes the car--and a vulture flies in through the broken window and lands on the seat. The bird actually resembles that bald guy.

It turns out that the exploding volcano is happening in the same region of Turkey where Bergson's father had visited, searching for "The Master Musician". The woman tells him that in order to find out what happened to his father he must also find this Master. So he goes to Turkey. The changes in the sun are also affecting the earth and causing the volcano's eruption. The entire Earth will be affected, so it's implied that he not only has to find this mysterious man to solve the riddle of his past, he must confront him in order to save the whole planet. The Master Musician is a Djinn.

In Turkey, he meets a local who says that he'll meet the Master, and is directed to stay in a cave-like abode. A small deformed man lives there. The woman shows up and she tells Bergson that she feels that she's been here before, which makes sense since we see flashbacks of her in a previous life. But things end badly for her, especially when she gives birth to this giant pupae. Deep in a cave, Bergson confronts the master musician.

BORN OF FIRE has beautiful locations, interesting editing and an eerie quality about it, like a Peter Weir film (THE LAST WAVE, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK). It also deals with an underutilized creature--the Djinn. Hey, this is way better than the WISHMASTER movies.

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