Saturday 10th at 1:15pm
Dir. Robert Hartford-Davis GB 1968 91 mins (18)
Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate O’Mara, Tony Booth, David Lodge
Corruption is one of the least-seen and lesser-known films in the Cushing canon, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Cushing plays a surgeon, Sir John Rowan, who becomes a roving killer out of a massive guilt complex after he accidentally scars his girlfriend’s face in a freak accident. Rowan finds that fluids drawn from the pituitary gland can restore her beauty. But to access them means removing the gland – by decapitating other women. This sleazy ‘60s take on Frankenstein is possibly the nastiest film in which Cushing ever appeared. Newly released on digital, it gives new meaning to the term ‘mad scientist’.