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Paranoiac

1963

Freddie Francis
Director
Hammer Films
Production Company

Getting away from the Universal pantheon of monsters, Hammer unleashes this psychological thriller in the Psycho vein.

-The Sloth

Great stuff, with some fine performances, especially Janette Scott, so wasted in the previous year's Day of the Triffids. Oliver Reed is equally fine, though he's not really acting, just being Oliver Reed (especially in the pub scene)! The real stars are Arthur Grant's gorgeous cinematography and Bernard Robinson's finely wrought production design. Actually a bit better than Psycho in some ways, not being saddled with tedious psychobabble explanations. Plus the British have a better hold on the Gothic tradition, which this film firmly lies in.

One caveat: everyone who sees the 30-something Davion is at least amenable to the idea he IS Tony, and remarks he looks just like Tony, but the cenotaph in the opening scene says Tony died at age 15! Do ghosts age?

Thanks to Gerald Lovell for pointing out Jack Armstrong.

-Dave Wright

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
15th May 1963
Cinema
Not Rated
26th January 1964
Cinema

6th September 2005
DVD
Not Rated
2.35:1

Amazon
26th July 2010
Blu-Ray
Not Rated
80
2.35:1



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Janette Scott
Eleanor Ashby
Oliver Reed
Simon Ashby
Sheila Burrell
Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham
John Kosset
Alexander Davion
Tony Ashby
Liliane Brousse
Francoise
Harold Lang
RAF Type
Arnold Diamond
Publican
John Bonney
Keith Kosset
John Stuart
Williams
Colin Tapley
Vicar
(uncredited)
Laurie Leigh
First Woman in Pub
(uncredited)
Marianne Stone
Second Woman in Pub
(uncredited)
Jack Taylor
Sailor in Pub
(uncredited)
Sydney Bromley
Tramp
(uncredited)
Gina Gianelli
Pub Patron
(uncredited)
Fred Peck
Pub Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown
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Jack Armstrong
Pub Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown
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