Paranoiac (1963)





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A woman must contend with her family's madness as she finds her own sanity in doubt in this thriller from British horror masters Hammer Films. After the death of her parents, Eleanor Ashby (Janette Scott) would seem a safe bet to inherit their estate, but at the funeral, she's convinced that she has seen Tony (Alexander Davion), her brother who killed himself seven years ago. Eleanor's other sibling Simon (Oliver Reed), who is inarguably alive, uses this as an excuse to contest the will, arguing that Eleanor is mentally unstable and an unfit heir. Simon's claims cause Eleanor to wonder about her sanity, and in a moment of weakness she attempts suicide. Tony rescues her and tells her that he never died but simply went into hiding. He returns to the family's mansion, but soon he and Eleanor become the subject of a number of violent attacks by a masked lunatic before Eleanor learns a surprising secret about Tony. Paranoiac marked the directorial debut of ace cinematographer Freddie Francis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Janette Scott
as Eleanor Ashby
Oliver Reed
as Simon Ashby
Liliane Brousse
as Francoise
Alexander Davion
as Tony Ashby
Sheila Burrell
as Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham
as John Kossett
John Bonney
as Keith Kossett
Harold Lang
as RAF Type
Laurie Leigh
as 1st woman
Marianne Stone
as 2nd woman
Jack Taylor
as Sailor
John Stuart
as Williams
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Critic Reviews for Paranoiac

All Critics (4)

Paranoiac borders on camp with its over-the-top plot and stratospheric broadcasting.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005

Mesmo procurando recriar o impacto de Psicose, as várias reviravoltas deste filme mantém o espectador sempre surpreso, e o clima de tensão é eficaz. Infelizmente, a conclusão (ao contrário do clássico de Hitchcock) deixa um pouco a desejar.

August 11, 2003
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August 8, 2005

Audience Reviews for Paranoiac

A wonderfully twisted film that deserves to be remembered. The Ashby family is wealthy, scandalous, and entirely insane. Oliver Reed in particular stands out. His character is a chain-smoking, alcoholic, abusive jerk and dominates every scene he's in.

Ryan Voss
Ryan Voss

Another decent thriller from Hammer, it has a alright enough set up, believable characters, and some nice twists. It plays out like a horror film, but it doesn't really act like a horror film. The drama works out pretty well, and the ending is fairly exciting.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

This one is as good as any Hitchcock film out there, and unlike any other hammer film I have ever seen, No real horror here just a twisted suspense drama. All parties play an outstanding part. About a family whose youngest brother returns from the dead in real life, 6 days before estate inheritance, if I tell you anymore it will give best parts away. My first 5 star black & white film.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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