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Monday, February 21, 2011

Tormented (1960)

The theme of this film has been done may times over with better acting and better scripts.  Tormented is just O.K. and that's not really good enough.  Richard Carlson [Creature From the Black Lagoon] stars as Tom Steward who lets his former flame fall to her death.  He then finds himself haunted by her spirit who tries to ruin his relationship with his current fiance.  [Sounds like an episode of Gossip Girl to me!]  Carlson is SO much better in Creature From the Black Lagoon.  His deadpan delivery worked well while playing a scientist but not as a jazz musician.  Puh-lease.  
Furthermore, child actress Susan Gordon [Attack of the Puppet People] plays the daughter of Tom Steward's fiance with shrill precociousness.   Her performance left me wishing that she was the one met her demise so that we didn't have to listen to her speak anymore! [Did I really say that out loud?]  The rest of the cast is forgettable as well.
Now for the icing on this not so tasty cake.  The musical score is cliche [they stole part of it from House on Haunted Hill] and the special effect are, well, not so special.  We've heard and seen it all before and done better.  Tormented also fails to create a sense of tension and suspense throughout the film which is vital to supernatural horror.  Personally I could have cared less what happened to anyone in this film.  Skip this one altogether.
Rating: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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