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February 6, 2014
Twilight Zone-esque.
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Super Reviewer
February 21, 2013
Sharp, tightly paced low budget film is hard to categorize. There are definitely noirish tendencies but it's not a full blown film noir, there are also elements of horror contained within but neither is a horror film. Even as a hybrid of different genres it is very involving and uses it short running time to full effect, actually so effective that it received quite a lot of critical attention in its day for a lower budget release and helped move its leading lady's career forward. Speaking of the leading lady the film is also a study of two stars in flight. Susan Hayward whose full fledged stardom was still a few years away was still definitely on her way up, Frances Farmer, whose part is small, was most definitely on the descent. At one time considered an actress with the brightest of futures this was her second to last picture before descending into a decades long hell of mental illness and involuntary confinement. The real standout though is Albert Dekker in a dual role of very different twin brothers. An excellent character actor who met a grisly end he rarely had the opportunity of the leading role but he takes his chance here and makes the most of it. His body language and vocal inflections makes the two characters recognizably different men and their struggles relatable. Not readily available and hard to find its definitely worth the effort to seek out.
½ March 27, 2012
Suitably creepy thriller that is well worth watching.
½ December 29, 2011
Fantastic little B-movie with a great sense of atmosphere.
May 7, 2010
Hard to say exactly what this is. Part early film noir, part horror flick, a little bit Fritz Lang's Fury and M, and a little bit "Of Mice and Men". It would feel more noir if the killer was a Lawrence Tierney-style psycho and not a disturbed manchild. Noir or not (and some scenes certainly are, like the nightclub and the mob hysteria) it's an unusual little movie. A tad rough around the edges... Albert Dekker isn't that hot in his dual lead role, and the script is rather workmanlike. But Susan Hayward has a terrific supporting part and there are some moments of very fine cinematography.
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