The Horrible Dr. Hichcock ★★★★

Super-stylish gothic thriller with strong proto-giallo elements, and a notably macabre necrophila kink theme. The surreal atmosphere and exaggerated color lighting in some scenes lay groundwork for subsequent giallo films by Argento and the like. With an abundance of dark and stormy moments and  elaborate period scenery, it is still decidedly gothic though – almost hyper-gothic.

While the general structure of the plot isn’t too different from other gothic mysteries, the creepy details and stylized production make this more notable than most. Also, unsurprisingly, Barbara Steele gives a great performance.

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