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Mixture of excellence and tedium
on 28 March 2017
This boxset has five star and one star reviews, to some it's brilliant and to others dire. I think both views are right because this is a mixture of superbly written and acted tales of genuine creepiness and tension on the one hand and predictable, dull, badly acted stories on the other. It has a few stories that are neither particularly good or bad and bear watching once, and a few complete turkeys such as Echoes of Teresa and K is for Killing. However, it's worth having for the really good stories. There are two cracking good tales with Robert Powell on sinister top form (Lady Killer, Death to Sister Mary) and the very unsettling Colour of Blood with the wonderfully versatile Norman Eshley, who you may recognise as the snobbish neighbour to George & Mildred. Other stand-out stories are File it Under Fear, Ring Once for Death and Coffin for the Bride, the latter featuring a superb performance from Helen Mirren. One Deadly Owner is a fun, enjoyable episode with re-watchability provided by the impossibly good looking Jeremy Brett, and Diana Dors is magnificent in Nurse Will Make it Better, what a fine actress she was. Someone at the Top of the Stairs is engaging and very creepy right up to the final, botched few minutes which is a shame because it could have been one of the best on the disc. Overall it's a real mix of high quality thrillers, average stories and terrible clunkers, but I found it worth having for the good episodes, which make it pretty good value.