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  • The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh 1971

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Apr, 2014 2

    After a couple of very average films we decided to return to an old favourite. As I've reviewed this before I won't repeat myself but suffice to say it is as wonderful as ever, as bewildering as ever and even on this repeat viewing, I still couldn't work out who was doing what until the end. Sexy, savage and so, so stylish.

  • The People Who Own the Dark 1976

    ★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Great title for a film, but just not this one. Over ambitious project inevitably leading to it becoming pretentious, silly and unforgivably, dull. It starts promisingly enough with a disparate group of dignitaries all masked at sat about a banqueting table as pretty girls in diaphanous gowns prepare to submit to their every whim in the name of the Marquis de Sade. Some of us will wish the film continued in this vein instead of lurching into post apocalyptic Twilight…

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  • The Penthouse 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Nasty, gripping, home invasion flick, directed by Peter Collinson who was always able to tell a tight, no nonsense tale. Known, I suppose for The Italian Job, although I prefer his, Straight On Till Morning, he had a background in TV and broke out with this film. Its a bit stylised with Pinteresque dialogue that seems to get in the way of the action at first. Gradually though these oafish clowns become far too sinister to dismiss and this really…

  • Dr. Jekyll and His Women 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Mar, 2014 2

    I can't believe I had never seen this film before but it would seem so unless I saw some heavily cut version on video, because this viewing was a revelation. Much helped by the musical score and varied conditions of light so loved of the director, this is unworldly from the start, despite its seeming drawing and dining room settings. Things go wrong (or is that rather, right?) from the very beginning as we get the impression of something ghastly…