Sunday, 11 March 2012

Paranoiac (1963)

11 years ago Tony Ashby died. To his younger brother, sister and his guardian Aunt his return was rather unexpected.

vlcsnap-2012-03-11-20h01m51s35I am struggling to find a trailer for this one and I am loath to post a clip for fear of spoilers. Paranoiac is a Hammer firmly in the vein of the excellent Scream of Fear. Filmed in glorious mono with great sharp lines and some brilliant lens effects (the claustrophobic but subtle fisheye stands out) the movie is cinematically sublime. add to this a brilliant tight script and compelling story of a brother returned from his grave and you have the recipe for a bewitching movie.vlcsnap-2012-03-11-21h03m36s218

Wait, but there's more. The cast is also fantastic with all four of the principles turning in excellent performances with Oliver Reed being particularly outstanding. The movie is also redolent of the psycho style with some great foreshadowing's of a great scandal and danger to anyone coming near the Ashby family, not simply because of the vast sums of inheritance at stake either. Rather oddly the set was reused the set from the previously reviewed The Old Dark House and Janette Scott (Eleanor) also played in that as Cecily and for this it all feels strangely familiar.vlcsnap-2012-03-11-20h36m35s144

Overall this was a surprisingly good thriller, tense in places and with a few genuinely disturbing sequences this little known 60s Hammer comes greatly recommended.

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