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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here it is on DVD at long last!!
'The Black Torment' is one of Britain's greatest gothic movies from the 1960s - a lavish production in glorious colour. Starring Heather Sears and Ann Lynn in a plot with a twist. How can one forget the haunting 'shriek' of 'murderer...murderer' as Sir Richard Fordyke is pursued in the dead of night on horseback by his dead wife!! See Ann Lynn at her very best, as her...
Published on 24 Nov. 2007 by FAMOUS NAME

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak transfer of mediocre film
The Black Troment is a British attempt at a gothic melodrama in the style of films then being made in Italy by the likes of Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava. The Horrible Dr Hichcock (aka Terror of Dr Hichcock) is a noticable influence on the style of this film (these films in turn owed much to Rebecca and also parts of Jane Eyre). It was the first venture into gothic...
Published on 1 Aug. 2007 by Zuran


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here it is on DVD at long last!!, 24 Nov. 2007
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'The Black Torment' is one of Britain's greatest gothic movies from the 1960s - a lavish production in glorious colour. Starring Heather Sears and Ann Lynn in a plot with a twist. How can one forget the haunting 'shriek' of 'murderer...murderer' as Sir Richard Fordyke is pursued in the dead of night on horseback by his dead wife!! See Ann Lynn at her very best, as her stealthy performance reaches its dramatic climax!

This has been years coming out on DVD, and although one reviewer has suggested that this is the terrible quality of the Stablecane video release, though the film has not been re-mastered, the quality far surpasses that of the video, and so do not be put off by this.

Long overdue!

N. B. A couple of 'blunders' in this; the first one: the window where the Lady Anne committed suicide is seen being barred from the outside. Later in the film, we see that it has been barred from the inside!
Second: at the very end of the picture, and after the house is smashed up and there have been no less than three fatalities, the couple decide to simply 'turn in' for the night!?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Horror almost at it's Best, 29 Oct. 2012
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I must confess to being pleasantly surprised by this "Best of British" release from Odeon. Of course it's not really in the category of "Best of..", but it is a pretty good Gothic Mystery, with good mood settings and fine acting, and direction. I wondered at one point if Hammer "expert" Jimmy Sangster might have had a hand in the script! The plot keeps you guessing (up to a point), and it's all done in 83 minutes. No boring bits here. As for the Print quality...I can't quite go along with one review or comments, but almost. Most of the film has bright colours, but night scenes suffer a bit, and there are some blemishes. But this did not spoil my enjoyment, tho I can see how it might for others. I recomend this to collectors of Gothic Horror/Hammer type films, and fans of Ann Lynn (yep, I'm one). Now that brings me on to what is becoming a far too regular grumble about Odeon's DVD Covers. According to Odeon the stars of this film are Heather Sears, Peter Arne, Raymond Huntley and Patrick Troughton in that order, front and back covers. The FILM titles read Heather Sears, John Turner, Ann Lynn in that order. Nowhere on the cover do Turner and Lynn get a mention, and Lynn isn't in the enclosed notes (tho Troughton is). I'm sorry I feel the need to bang on about this, but who designs/writes these covers? However, don't, for heaven's sake let this point put you off getting a worthwhile addition to your horror library.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak transfer of mediocre film, 1 Aug. 2007
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Zuran "zuran" (england) - See all my reviews
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The Black Troment is a British attempt at a gothic melodrama in the style of films then being made in Italy by the likes of Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava. The Horrible Dr Hichcock (aka Terror of Dr Hichcock) is a noticable influence on the style of this film (these films in turn owed much to Rebecca and also parts of Jane Eyre). It was the first venture into gothic horror from Tigon films and sexploitation producer Tony Tenser and there is a legendary story told in the book Beasts in the Cellar of how Tenser simply ripped ten pages out of the script when director Robert Hartford-Davies fell behind schedule. Hartford-Davies' experiences with Tenser caused him to form his own production company - Titan films - which went on to make Corruption and Incense for the Damned.

This film, in which new bride Heather Sears is menaced by the strange behaviour from her husband John Turner, whilst local villagers get murdered and/or utter veiled warnings about something or other, suffers from poor pacing and a lack of much suspense.

The DVD itself is a disappointment with a washed-out faded picture quality not that much better from the old Stablecane VHS release. This is a film in which colour is important but because of the quality of the print we get to see very little colour at all. It's also the cut theatrical version that was previously released by Stablecane and on R1 DVD by Image.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Gothic psychodrama, 2 Nov. 2012
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Ken Raus "Ken Raus" (Lugdunum) - See all my reviews
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If you like vintage sixties horror films then this is a worthy addition to your experience or collection...the plot has been more or less exposed including its faults and the quality of the film is not perfect but is acceptable for casual fans of the genre...Sears and Arne are compelling actors and the whole thing is overwrought enough to entertain...extras are reasonable in an obscure film like this,booklet/insert,trailers...perhaps particular fans will want the uncut version,with more extras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Dec. 2014
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Good film pity about subtitles.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Production, 11 Sept. 2014
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Excellent quality DVD with superb picture which plays with original English dialogue without subtitles. Intriguing tame gothic horror mystery in HAMMER style. Good script and performances.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Nov. 2014
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Excellent, very pleased with my purchase.
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