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One so-so, the other less so,
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This review is from: Crow Hollow / Castle Sinister [DVD] (DVD)
An odd double header this one. The movie titles and synopsis sound very promising but it's all a bit mutton-dressed-as-lamb to be honest. There are no extras or subtitles.
An Eros Films Production with a 'B-movie' feel, CROW HOLLOW (1952/66-minutes) isn't a bad little story to be fair. The script doesn't throw up any real surprises but it's an OK way to pass the odd spare hour, with the newlyweds (Natasha Parry and Donald Houston) living in the groom's dark old ancestral home which they share with his three aunts (which includes diminutive character actress Esma Cannon). The three old dears are an uncomfortable presence, with one having a fetish for poisonous spiders. So when adding a mysterious death at the house, you can understand why the nervous bride fears for her safety. The movie unfolds at a relaxed pace before reaching it's climax. The performances are OK. Overall a fairly average movie with rather good black & white picture quality along with adequate sound. 6/10.
Bringing up the rear is CASTLE SINISTER (1948/46-minutes) which is an odd little production that looks and feels much older than it's age. The story concerns a British agent sent to Scotland to investigate a murder committed by the mysterious 'Phantom'... An amateurish production with an occasional narration which gives it a slight 'documentary' feel. Imagine your local (very) amateur dramatics society being let loose with a camera....throw in a few of the locals for good measure...and the result would be a virtually unwatchable runt of a movie with wooden performances and stilted dialogue which thankfully has only a relatively short running time. A strange curio with only limited appeal for collectors, the black & white picture quality is a downgrade on the first movie, with sound that's a bit crackly in places, but still acceptable. 3/10.