Well this was all kinds of great. Fun. Satirical. Nicely paced. Even the occasional dodgy practical effect was endearing.
You know I think I'm starting to enjoy horror. The good examples anyway.
In his famous interview with François Truffaut, Hitchcock rather dismissively referred to Blackmail as "a simple yarn". It's hard to disagree, as like a lot of his early British films he's working within a modest budget and with a fairly thin plot.
Despite those limitations, and a rather wooden performance from his leading lady, there are still plenty of interesting ideas, some striking imagery, a couple of memorable set pieces, and more examples of that weird obsession he had with…
A thought for each star:
1) Ken Russell at his craziest makes Lars von Trier look basic
2) Oliver Reed was a hell of an actor
3) The influence on Terry Gilliam is obvious
4) There's substance beyond the plastic crocodile and the nun orgy
5) I accept zero stars as an equally valid opinion