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5.0 out of 5 stars More twists than a Chubby Checker concert, 14 April 2010
This review is from: Taste of Fear [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Taste Of Fear (a.k.a. Scream Of Fear) is an early-1960s, edge-of-the-seat Hammer thriller scripted by Jimmy Sangster and directed by Seth Holt. Very much in the style of Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Les Diaboliques" and other Hammer thrillers such as "Paranoiac" and "Crescendo", the let's try to drive someone mad-type plot has more twists and turns than a rattlesnake on a helter-skelter ride.

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?

This is one of those films where some characters and situations are not always what they intially appear to be and the viewer has to be alert at all times to follow everything that is happening on screen. The plot certainly keeps you guessing and, just when you think that everything is done and dusted, there are a few more surprise twists in store.

If you like Hammer films and Hitchcock-style thrillers then this film is a real treat. Check it out and I am sure you won't be disappointed but don't tell anyone the ending....
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