Tim Burton's 2007 film-adaptation of the 1979 play of the same film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is, without a doubt, even more so than his excellent 1999 film Sleepy Hollow, the bloodiest and most sadistic film he has ever made. This could honestly be the bloodiest musical film ever made, though that inventory isn't exactly bursting at the seems with numerous other candidates. So, in this adpation of the play, Tim Burton stars as the apply named Sweeney Todd, a man who was unrightfully done by several people, in his past, causing him to have his wife snatched away from him, his daughter torn from his eyesight, and having him put in a mental hospital. Now, many years later, he returns to London, seeking his revenge on those who did him wrong, with the help of a woman who owns a meet pie shop (Helena Bonham Carter, who is just as dementedly bizarre as usual), which conviently has a building attached to it, which utelizes his past career, as a barber. Now, Sweeney Todd is far, extremely far, in fact, from being a masterpeice. In fact, it is not even a great film, but, for what it's worth, it is a cheerfully gruesome, lively acted and well made musical-horror film, which excels from performances by all, including, especially, Alan Rickman, who, at this point in his career, decided to take a break from his continously Harry-Potter related stretch of roles, and decided to try something a little more old-fashioned, and, for that, he gives a wonderfully disturbing performance as one of the head-men involved in Sweeney's ruined past, as a ruthless judge. Now, the film also just so happened to win the Academy Award for Best Art Direction at the 2008 Oscars, and, it is very easy to see why: The film's Victorian era-set design is consistently dazzling and ugly to look at, at the same time, and, with a stark and surprisingly subtle (in this movie, really?) dose of computer animation here and there, the film looks extraordinary from beginning to end, but with a dark-minded visual master like Tim Burton helming this film, it is not surprising, in the least. So, despite the fact that this film is a muscial, it is R Rated for an extremely good reason, which will be explained, now: Sweeney Todd does not start out graphically violent, but it develops it's brutal tone somewhere around the fifty-minute mark, and from than on, the film is wall to wall with explicit and extreme violence, including, but definitely not limited to, many, many throat slashings performed by Sweeney on mostly innocent customers, complete with buckets and buckets of spurting, spraying, gushing and pouring blood strewn in virutally every which way that you can imagine, add to that are several brutal beatings, a very disturbing and fairly upsetting implied rape, implied mutilation, a main character being tossed into a flaming oven and bruned alive on-screen, and, constant violent-behavior towards young children, this film absolutely, without a doubt in my mind, whatsoever, earns it's R Rating, very, very well. Also, like I said, there is an implied rape early on in the film, and it is very unpleasant and shocking, even though we do not see any of it, excpect for onlookers grisly and horrifically enthusiastic expressions. Also, there is very infrequent and fairly mild lnaguage, but it does inlcude a couple uses each of sh-t, d-mn and h-ll. So, while Sweeney Todd is certainly not one of the best musicals out there, or let alone, even one of Tim Burton's best films, it is still easilly the bloodiest out of both of those categories, and it does make for a fun and gruesome, if often rather jarring, fun time. Reccomended.