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Classically Creepy BBC 1970's Drama.,
This review is from: Robin Redbreast (DVD) (DVD)
This is a little gem from the `golden' days of British TV drama/horror. Made in 1970 for the series on the BBC called `Play for Today' this was a commission of writer John Bowen. We meet Norah (Anna Cropper) who has just split up with her long term partner; one thing she has been left with is a pretty cottage in the country. She decides that she needs some `me time' and so leaves London to move there.
At first the locals seem friendly enough even if their ways are somewhat different to `city folk'. She then finds herself being drawn to one of the locals - Rob- who is into karate and kills vermin on the side. She soon becomes aware of the importance of the seasons to the locals and what at first appears as quaint soon becomes nightmarish when she realises that she is becoming central to whatever the villagers have got planned in their `game'. What plays out is something that finds her isolated, alone and unable to stop whatever the game has in store for her.
This created quite a stir when it went out - actually due to a power strike on the night of broadcast, only half of it actually did; the BBC received so many complaints that they showed it again the following week. This is seen as a precursor and major influence on the much well known `The Wicker Man' which was made some three years later. This though is low budget but high on the spooks and menace that makes all `horrors' essentially both creepy and compelling. It is fairly short at seventy minutes long and is in black and white. It was screened in colour but the BBC wiped the master in the seventies and this restored version was from a TV recording so the quality could be better. It is a testament though to the quality of the production and writing that this still packs a punch all these years later. This BFI version contains an interview with John Bowen and a great little Public Information film about `The Village Green' from the fifties by the looks of it. I absolutely loved this and hope we get to see more gems from the past being brought back to life as this is superb.