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  • Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    ★★★★

    A revenge thriller about a young woman called Nami (Meiko Kaji) who is set-up by corrupt cop Sugimi (Isao Natsuyagi) and ends up in prison. Not only is she deceived by a man for whom she fell hook line and sinker, the institution in which she finds herself is a brutal one. When she’s not being beaten and generally abused by her captors, she’s having to keep an eye on fellow inmates that want to undermine her.

    On the face…

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★★

    The Woman in the Window is a contrived, rote thriller that is fraught with jarring incongruities – it also happens to be rather wonderful, for reasons I won’t go into because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet.

    Psychology professor Richard Wanley (Edward G Robinson) prevents an assailant (played by Arthur Loft) from strangling him, and the fellow dies as a consequence of their struggle. The incident takes place at the home of a…

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  • The Man Who Haunted Himself

    The Man Who Haunted Himself

    ★★★

    ”Look, if I can’t chuck spaghetti down the sink in my own house, I’m going to emigrate!”

    An enjoyable if rather silly psychological thriller in which staid businessman Harold Pelham (Roger Moore) suffers an automobile accident. He nearly dies on the operating table but manages to pull through. However, from this point on, there appears to be a more black-hearted version of him on the loose.

    Moore is given the opportunity to flex his acting muscles more than usual and…

  • The Collector

    The Collector

    ★★★★

    The Collector is a lyrical and sinister story of allure and obsession, a sad tale – in both senses of the word – that concerns Frederick (Terence Stamp) a young working-class man with arrested development and an inferiority complex who is fixated by upper-middle-class art student Miranda (Samantha Eggar).

    Frederick can’t make friends easily, if at all. He’s certainly incapable of dating girls, which is why he decides to abduct Miranda, imprison her in the cellar of his large country…