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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro thriller!, 2 July 2011
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This review is from: The Nightmare Man [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
This particular made-for-TV episodic movie is another proof of the genius that is BBC-creative unit. At a time when run-of-the-mill shows were dominating British TV and "Dallas"-type serials exported by the US TV were becoming standard-bearers of entertainment (whatever that might have meant then), this brilliant adaptation of a sci-fi horror novel into a 4-part movie had set new standards. Yes, the technical aspects are little dodgy. Yes, the monster, once revealed, does not match our thoughts (expectations?) evoked by the red-filtered images and harsh breathing sound that accompanied it, esp. during the killings. But the film is carried forward by some superb acting, gripping suspense, an openness regarding the identity of the monster, and with several undercurrents (islander-v/s-outsider, police-v/s-military) being handled in a deft manner. The Booklet accompanying the DVD is a real bonus, and would be treasured by me.

Overall, BBC should hunt their archives for more of such hidden jewels that would turn out to be superior to many of the contemporary sc-fi-thriller works, once we get to watch them again. Recommended!
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