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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Never Take Sweets From a Stranger (1960)

WARNING: This is not a horror flick.  However, Never Take Sweets From a Stranger is a very well made crime drama from the folks at Hammer Studio. It's part of their "Icons of Suspense" collection that can be rented through Netflix.  The story pulls no surprises as it tells the story of the most powerful family in town whose patriarch is accused of inappropriate behavior with two young girls.  When one of the girl's families discovers what he did, they bring him to trail...but can they really take on such a powerful and influential family and win in court?
I won't ruin the plot of the movie for you but it moves along in ways that are predictable but realistic.  Sweets feels like an extended episode of CSI: Special Victim's Unit which is not a bad thing.  It is nicely filmed, as are almost all Hammer films, and there's not a clinker in the cast.  Especially noteworthy is the little girl at the center of the story who is played by Janina Faye [Horror of Dracula, The Day of the Triffids].  She takes on the role full force with emotions that ring true at every turn.  Nicely done.
If you're looking for blood freely flowing or things that go bump in the night, you better look elsewhere.  If you're looking for a nice little thriller to pass away a Sunday afternoon, you could do a lot worse.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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