Taste of Fear [DVD] 
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Penny (Susan Strasberg, Picnic) is a wheelchair-bound girl set to visit her father in France for the first time in ten years. When she arrives, she learns that he is away on business. She is left with her stepmother, Jane (Ann Todd, The Paradine Case), and Dr. Gerrard (Christopher Lee, The Lord of the Rings series), a friend of Penny’s father who has come to visit. But when Penny continues to see her father’s corpse around the house, she enlists the help of the family chauffeur, Robert (Ronald Lewis, Mr. Sardonicus), to help solve the mystery.
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To go into too much detail about the plot would spoil the film for those who have never seen it and I want to keep this review fairly short as well. So, to summarise the basic plot, a young, wheelchair-bound woman called Penny (Susan Strasberg) returns to her father's home on the French Riviera to see her father again for the first time in ten years. When she arrives at the house, she is welcomed by her stepmother, Jane (Ann Todd). Her father is not there and is supposedly away on business.
During the night, Penny hears a strange noise and makes her way down to the summer house where she finds the corpse of her father sitting in a chair. As she flees the scene in horror, she has an accident with her wheelchair and ends up in the pool. She is rescued by Bob The Builder, sorry - I mean Bob The Chauffeur (Ronald Lewis), and is tended to by a visitor called Doctor Gerrard (Christopher Lee). When she tells everyone what she saw, they do not believe her of course and when they return to the summer house the corpse is no longer there.
Then, later on, Penny sees her father's corpse again - this time in the study. Is Penny just imagining all of this? Is her father really dead or is there some kind of conspiracy going on to drive Penny insane?Read more ›
Shot in moody black & white by Holt and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, and eerily scored by Clifton Parker, the story sees a young paralysed woman return to her family home in France to visit her father who she hasn't seen for years; and to finally meet her new step-mother. Upon arrival she is informed that her father has had to go away on business, which becomes a problem as she starts to see his dead body, first in the summer house, then in the lounge! The mind can play tricks, especially to the traumatised, but she's convinced that what she is seeing is real. Even the family doctor (Lee in a suitably suspicious role) thinks there are mental issues here. Undaunted she enlists the help of friendly chauffeur Bob and sets about unravelling either her mind, or the mystery that lurks at the Appleby home.
The film opens with an attention grabbing sequence as police drag a lake for a body, from there on the film becomes essentially a four character piece. Now it's been said in some quarters that this structure telegraphs where the film is going to end up. There's a tiny bit of truth in that but there are at least three twisty kickers here to steer this far away from charges of predictability. In fact the finale has a double whammy that is most rewarding.Read more ›
The story is absolutely the crowning achievement here. If you don't know the plot of "Taste of Fear", stop reading this right now, look up no other reviews or summaries and go and buy it immediately. It's an hour and a half of pure suspense, thrills and queasy terror. I'm certainly not giving anything away except for the simplest basics: wheelchair bound heroine returns to family home to be told her father is away, but one night she stumbles across his corpse in the house, however when she reports it, nobody else can find it and she starts to doubt her sanity...what is going on?
By the time the truth is revealed you will have been on a thoroughly entertaining journey of suspense. The film is shot modestly in small locations such as the family's clifftop house and a few streets and offices, but when the suspense works it really works! The scenes in which the fathers Corpse appears (or does it...?) are real frighteners, as the stark black and white photography (and perfect lighting) makes the body appear truly ghoulish. Watch out for a sequence filmed underwater, at night in a dilapidated swimming pool, for the scariest shots of the whole film!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this film when it was released. For me the best film ever from Hammer. One or two anomolies (how did Anne Todd move the body my herself and why wasn't she wet? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. R. Booth
What a very good film this is for it's age. It will keep you guessing till the end and even then you wont believe it.Published 3 months ago by doggo
wonderful suspense with multiple unexpected twists. Highly recommendedPublished 5 months ago by Mr Mark B Lynch
Unusual story with an unexpected twist at the end. Good acting from Christopher Lee and Susan Strasberg. Worth watching.Published 6 months ago by Phil W.
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