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Friday, October 26, 2012

Thriller: God Grante That She Lye Stille (1961)

Season 2, Episode 5

What a smart, excellently written thriller.  The story begins in 1661.  Elspeth Clewer is labeled as a witch, is burned at the stake, and vows to return.  Three hundred years later she tries to occupy the body of her last living relative, Lady Margaret Clewer.   

Sarah Marshall plays the dual roles of Elspeth and Margaret.  Her performance reminds me a bit of Italian horror icon Barbara Steele.  She is especially magnetic as Elspeth and give the role the perfect amount of drama and power it needs.  The rest of the cast is great as well and include a cameo from Victor Buono [Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte] who always has a strong presence on screen.

Herschel Daugherty's direction [Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza] is superb and he stages each scene for maximum tension.  His work is greatly aided by a smart screenplay from Robert Hardy Andrews who based it on a story by Cynthia Asquith.  This is supernatural horror at its best.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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