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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Paranoiac (1963)

I am a big fan of Hammer Horror.  Over the years they produced some amazing films that are among some of the best in the horror genre.  I must admit, however, I couldn't get too excited about Paranoiac.  Yes, it stars THE Oliver Reed [Oliver, Gladiator] as Simon Ashby a wealthy socialite with a destructive personality who lives with a crazy family.  Yes, he gives a very good performance.  But Paranoiac left me feeling like I'd seen it a hundred times before.  For me there were no surprises.  The "twists" in the plot I saw coming a mile away.
This is not to suggest that Paranoiac is not a good film.  It is well made and reasonably well acted all around.  It's just...well...I can't put my finger on it but I found the whole thing a bit boring.  For whatever reason, it just didn't work for me.  But maybe it will work for you.
The critics seem somewhat fond of it.  However, it felt more like a melodrama to me than a horror film.  Do with it what you will.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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