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5.0 out of 5 stars No women will be admitted alone!, 22 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Corruption [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Gaudy and lurid Corruption gets the deluxe treatment from Grindhouse. Cushing plays a lauded surgeon with trophy model fiance. While arguing with nasty photographer (Tony Booth) Cushing manages to disfigure his intended with a falling spotlight that burns her face badly. The tale spins along all Eyes Without a Face as Cushing is forced to butcher young girls to harvest a gland that restores his increasingly conniving lady's good looks. A final reel showdown with a gang of the bizarrest psychos consisting of Austin Powers, Sergeant Pepper and one genuine ex Eastender descends into a frenzied finale of death and laser beam carnage.

Generally regarded as a bit of a hack, director Robert Hartford-Davis was responsible for several fun Brit horrors like The Black Torment [DVD], Blood Suckers [DVD] and the incredible The Fiend [Uncut] DVD [1972]. OK so he's not Michael Reeves but Corruption is his Witchfinder General. British smut supremo Derek Ford wrote the screenplay with his brother Donald.

Filmed in various export versions Corruption will probably have Hammer purists slack jawed in disbelief at the sight of their beloved Peter Cushing, hair wildly messed, smearing blood over topless corpses and stabbing various dolly birds up. The rest of us can enjoy an unrelentingly entertaining late 60's proto slasher which finaly delivers everything it's lurid posters promised.

The transfer is spectacular with vibrant colours and detail so fine that you can see Cushing's five o'clock shadow. The blu-ray offers a choice between the softer Theatrical version and the Export version. Both are legitimate edits and contain exclusive scenes but you know which one you're going to watch first. This is a combo BD/DVD but a word of warning, the DVD contains the theatrical cut only. There's a great set of extras including recent cast interviews and an audio of Cushing from 1974 where he discusses his dislike of modern horror and comments how Americans are childish! Amazing!

Both discs have no region coding.
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