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Crimes Of The Future
, 28 July 2010
This review is from: Psychosis [DVD] (DVD)
!!!WARNING. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
A group of road protesters are brutally murdered by an axe wielding maniac. He is captured after being shot. Fifteen years later, American crime novelist Susan(Charisma Carpenter) is taken by her husband David(Paul Sculfor) to their new dream home in the English countryside. David is very pleased with the house, Susan less so as she starts to experience visions of people, that only she can see. Susan's agent Charles(Richard Raynsford) has a whispered conversation with David regarding his wife's mental health, alluding to problems in the past. Meanwhile Susan's visions are happening more regularily and becoming more horrifying, some of them involving the very same axe murderer from all those years ago.
This film is reminiscant of the Hammer psychological thriller/horrors from the past, along with many other British horrors. It also has the feel of those great British television series such as Hammer House Of Horror and Thriller. Sex scenes and swearing have been added to the mix, to the films detriment, as shorn of these unnecessary additions it could have been a nice little psychological horror. It would also take issue with the films originality, as the films enjoyable if nonsensical 'twist' ending has been used before to better effect, both in the Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense episode 'In Possession'(one of that stories actors, Bernard Kay, also appears in this), and also the British horror short 'Dream House', which director Reg Traviss bought the rights to, and what this film is based on. The problem with modern directors trying to hark back to the 'golden age' of British horror, is that they have to get the tone just right. Douglas Hickox managed to succeed more the most part with the excellent 'Knife's Edge', a film similar to this but far more enjoyable.
The film is a pain-free experience, and there are a couple of good performances, one from the afore mentioned Carpenter, the other from Ricci Harnett as Peck the Groundsman, with his big pecker. Harnett does well with the role,especially as the character has 'red herring' stamped across his forehead. On the other hand Sculfor is very wooden as David.
I would advise Traviss to tone down the sex and violence, and concentrate more on the subtle chills next time he visits the British psychological horror. It could have been so much better. 3 out of 5
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