Monday, April 4, 2011

L'Orribile Segreto Del Dr. Hichcock (1962) aka The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

3 / 5 Apr '11
Tagline: The candle of his lust burnt brightest in the shadow of the grave!
Directed by: Riccardo Freda
Written by: Ernesto Gastaldi
Actors include: Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Silvano Tranquilli
Genre: Horror
Length: 88 minutes
Banned: Nope

Although I give this credit for having a good cast and rather surprising plot elements it couldn't help the fact that this was dull. It's an atmospheric Gothic film sorta like a Hammer picture stylistically set back in the late '1800s. Even though the story sounds gratuitous it really doesn't deliver and it's quite filled with chatter. Dr. Hichcock is into drugging his Wife for sexual activities, and he accidentally overdoses her. After much woe he remarries only something doesn't seem quite right with the arrangement. Could Dr. Hichcock have other purposes in mind for his new Wife who is suffering from hallucinations? It's got a great reputation and I really did want to like this a heck of a lot more than I did so you might not want to take my word for this one.

Availablity:  Not currently on DVD that I'm aware of

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