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October 23, 2016
Okay Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing outing that was actually produced by Lee's production company (it's first and only production). The film had potential with Lee playing a good guy for a change as a police detective investigating a series of deaths, which leads him to Satanic worshiping school children. I was hoping this would be something along the lines of "The Devil Rides Out" but the film's good bits, and there are quite a few good creepy moments, are bogged down by an awful lot of dull exposition. Not bad, but not great. Overall, this one is kind of a mixed bag.
½ October 10, 2016
OK late career hammer horror
Super Reviewer
½ March 13, 2016
Nice little thriller that manages to keep the twist hidden right to the end.
½ May 28, 2014
The Ominous Orphanage on the Isle of Grim--Delicious, Good vintage horror/mystery!!
February 15, 2014
I was about to give up altogether on this turgid potboiler until the final act when without warning it got interesting by turning into a mix between The Wicker Man and The Lord of the Flies. However it's not as good as either of those and not even Christopher Lee AND Peter Cushing can lift this beyond the ordinary. Weirdly the soundtrack keeps returning to the musical refrain 10 Green Bottles Hanging on the Wall. All the actors seem angry probably because they were contractually obligated to perform on this (for the most part) dull movie.
February 7, 2013
Directed by Peter Sadsy (Countess Dracula (1971) and Hands of the Ripper (1971)), this uncomfortable chiller based upon John Blackburn's novel was optioned by Christopher Lee as a potential vehicle for Hammer, they refused it, so he took it to Rank, who were more than happy to produce it. Hammer's loss was Rank's gain, and this is a precursor to what Lee did in The Wicker Man. Three trustees of the Van Traylen fund, which has a children's home on the Scottish island of Bala, have all died in suspicious circumstances, they look like suicide, but they aren't. They all have a young girl in common, Mary Valley (Gwyneth Strong), who is in hospital traumatised by something, and her mother Anna Harb (Diana Dors) is abusive. Police Colonel Bingham (Lee) teams up with hospital supervisor Sir Mark Ashley (Peter Cushing) to find out what's going on. The murders continue, even with Mary in hospital. So Bingham and Ashley travel to Bala to the children's home to see if they can get to the bottom of it, and it gets more sinister. It's a slow burner, but it builds up to a shocking and unforgettable finale that no-one would get away with in films these days. But, it builds up brilliantly, and it's well made and it's got good support from Keith Barron, Fulton Mackay and Michael Gambon in his first film role.
½ October 31, 2012
Generic title, but surprisingly good for a 1973 movie. Kind of odd & s a bit slow. A combination of THE WICKER MAN & CHILDREN OF THE CORN. With Chris Lee & Peter Cushing.
½ October 31, 2012
pretty good movie but not the best ever.
½ October 7, 2012
poor vehicle for cushing and lee. sadness exemplified when you realise peter sasdy and anthony nelson keys were involved. of it's time with no hammer influence.
June 3, 2012
With Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in a 70s horror film your usually in for a treat, but sadly this is one of those exceptions that is absolutely p*ss poor. Features a very early role for Rodneys wife from only fools and horses as a demonic kid!
There are some good performances but the script really is absolute shite and ending has to be seen to be believed, one for the hardcore 70s Horror fans only.
½ March 16, 2009
Memorable ending, but otherwise pretty unremarkable despite the Lee/Cushing factor. Loads of dull procedural exposition telegraphs everything and drains the suspense.
½ January 27, 2009
Neat little film that keeps you guessing until nearly the end. Slightly reminiscent of The Wicker Man.
January 26, 2009
It's surprising and disappointing that a film with two horror legends like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing can be so bad. I forced myself to watch the first 45 minutes to give the movie a chance but I really wanted to turn it off after the first mind-numbingly boring half hour. I fast-forwarded and watched the final 15 minutes and the ending was much better than the beginning but not good enough to justify watching this movie.
½ November 26, 2008
Solid little Mystery/Horror flick with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee both being great as is usual.
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