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very black comedy,
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I read a review of this film before i bought it (Halliwell) in which it was called 'revolting' and the 'lowest ebb' for British cinema. So i thought it must be worth a look! A very dark edged comedy, i enjoyed it very much. The violence in the film is somewhat tame by todays standards and even for the time. Hitchcocks black comedy 'Frenzy' of 1972 is a much more disturbing and graphic film.
There is certainly more to the film than at first appears. The victim 'new friend' as cukoo in the nest is well staged as is the subsequent suspicions among the family.
What i found interesting about 'Mummsy..' is it's possible influence on other horror films of the seventies such as 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and recent murderous familly films such as those by Rob Zombie. And i wonder if Kubrick ever saw the axe through the door scene. Very funny (in itself and in retrospect).
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Initial post: 30 Apr 2012 18:37:23 BDT
Halliwell is useless isn't he? Got so much wrong.
He was also appalled by the fantastic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which just goes to show that he didn't have a clue what he was talking about.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2012 13:12:44 BDT
Davy L says:
He also called Clockwork Orange 'nasty rubbish for sick minds'. But my fave is 2001 - 'cherished by longhairs who use it as a trip without LSD'. Very funny.
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Mr. Robert A. Low says:
Halliwell is genuinely knowledgable, and quite interesting when writiing about the films of his youth, but had no real understanding of, or appreciation for pretty much anything made after 1950. His judgement is hilariously wrong on so many important films-one of my favourites is his verdict on 'Get Carter'-'Sex and thuggery unlimited, narrative disjointed, rewards few'. I have an odd affection for him, though-he's like a bad tempered but clueless old Uncle. He can be surprising sometimes as well-believe it or not, he liked 'Suspiria'!
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