Man in the Attic Reviews
On the negative side, there were too many drawn out musical numbers. Moreover, much of the cast was not British, but American, and make no effort to affect a British accent , thereby distracting from the atmosphere of Victorian London. Overfamiliarity with the story also works against it. The scene where Palance turns all the pictures in his room to the wall might have been more effective had I not seen it done better by Hitchcock. Moreover, there are few new aspects in the story. Still, the film does capture the atmosphere of Victorian London and manages to keep you wondering as to whether Palance is actually Jack the Ripper. I always enjoy watching Jack Palance; one thing I've really come to appreciate about him as an actor was that he played a much wider variety of characters than I had previously thought.
MAN IN THE ATTIC : Based upon the Novel THE LODGER by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes, which had been First turned into an enduring classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1927 as THE LODGER; STORY OF THE LONDON FOG and then adapted by other filmmakers in 1932, 1944 and then in 1953 came the last onscreen adaptation until 2009 titled MAN IN THE ATTIC. Taking place in London in the year of 1888 during Jack the Ripper's killing spree, a quite pathologist takes a room in a lodging house. However his landlady starts to suspect that the lodger is in fact the ripper.
THOUGHTS: while it doesn't hold a legacy of acclaim unlike the Hitchcock version, MAN IN THE ATTIC was the last time the novel would be adapted for the big screen until 2009, a 56 year absence after four adaptations from the 1920's to the 1950's. The film holds up as an average but good Gas Lamp era thriller but other than that its worth only 60%.
Slade is an eccentric man who works nights for a university in London. He rents an apartment from an intellectual family that stays up on current events. He happens to be arriving at his new apartment in the middle of the infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. Due to his work hours, and eccentric behaviors, some within the family believes Slade may be the infamous serial killer.
"Who could that be?"
"I'm sure if you think carefully, you'll think of a way to figure it out."
Hugo Fregonese, director of Beyond the Sun, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1970), Apache Drums, Marco Polo (1962), Harry Black and the Tiger, and The Raid, delivers The Man in the Attic. The storyline for this picture is interesting and well delivered. Jack Palance is outstanding in the lead role and Constance Smith and Rhys Williams deliver worthwhile supporting performances.
"Every bachelor in London should be rounded up immediately."
This movie is part of a Thriller box set I received for Christmas a couple years ago from my father. The movies in the set have been inconsistent but I was surprised at how entertaining this picture was. The movie has a slight feel of an old school "who done it" with and interesting sub plot around Jack the Ripper. This is a worthwhile film for those who enjoy the classics.
"The river is like liquid night."