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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thriller: The Twisted Image (1960)

In the early 60's Boris Karloff hosted a delightful TV series entitled Thriller.  It began as a collection of crime and mystery stories but later became a showcase for horror.  I'm going to review each episode separately because they deserve it.  Thankfully, Thriller is available to watch instantly on Netflix so future generations can enjoy this well made show.  You can buy the series on Amazon as well but it's a bit pricey.
Season 1, Episode 1
Leslie Nielsen [Forbidden Planet, Mars Attacks] stars as Alan Patterson, a business executive who is stalked by two separate people. [I hate when that happens!]  This taunt thriller is well acted and nicely paced.  It's a good old-fashioned crime story that would work just as well today as did in 1960.  Director Arthur Hiller [Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason] keeps the action moving along and builds the suspense nicely through the episode.  His job was made easy by script writer James P. Cavanaugh [Alfred Hitchcock Presents] who adapted William O'Farrel's novel [Alfred Hitchcock Presents].  In addition to Nielsen the cast also includes veteran character actor George Grizzard and Natalie Trundy who has the most amazing eyes I've ever seen.  She also went on to star in all the Planet of the Apes movies.  All three actors are excellent in their roles.  Nicely done.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post. We just added Thriller to our Netflix Queue a few days ago, but we have yet to watch any episodes. I am very anxious, especially now that we know Leslie Nielsen is in the first episode. It doesn't get much cooler than that!