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This review is from: Paranoiac [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
No need to repeat what other enthusiasts have efficiently conveyed: the transfer is absolutely beautiful, a joy to watch and hear: crisp picture, GREAT contrasts, magnificent soundtrack: a great Blu-ray release, even if it would have been great to have at least a commentary.
My problem is the movie: "Paranoiac!" was the third B&W thriller written by Jimmy Sangster in as many years and it is also the least successful: "Taste of Fear" was a beautiful thriller, stressful, innovative, extremely well-acted, that kept you guessing until the very end. "Maniac" was a "ménage-à-trois" in the French Camargue that derailed very beautifully into a deadly thriller: the form was original, the screenplay pure genius in its many surprises.
"Paranoiac" is just weak. The main point of interest ("did the real brother come back"?) is answered after half an hour, and it is all downhill from there: whatever these people do is not very interesting and the end is not really a surprise. The acting is way waaaaay OTT: Oliver Reed plays/is drunk, Liliane Brousse re-enacts her "Maniac" bimbo routine, Janette Scott screams (even if beautifully) and Sheila Burrell is slightly too dramatic. Freddie Francis has replaced Terry Fisher as laziest director in the Kingdom: the camera goes coast-manor-cabin with the organ, then coast-manor-cabin with the organ, then coast etc...
I know this sounds harsh and I won't make new friends but people who have had the courage to read my reviews know that I love Hammer with a vengeance and that "Kiss of the Vampire" would have deserved a better back-up movie than this. "Paranoiac" is by no way a "bad" film but please give us the Blu-ray versions of "Taste of Fear" and "Maniac" soon...
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2014 13:11:42 GMT
Michael Kendall says:
Personally I much prefer Paranoiac to Maniac, which often felt more like a dramatically inert travologue than a Thriller.
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