WE BELONG DEAD PRESENTS …
+ JOHNNY MAINS IN PERSON
Saturday 10th at 3:15pm
Dir. Michael Reeves GB 1967 87 mins (18)
Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey, Ian Ogilvy, Elizabeth Ercy, Susan George
Dr Marcus Montserrat and his wife, Estelle, (Karloff and Lacey), an elderly couple, invent a device that enables them to hypnotise others and vicariously experience their emotions. What begins as an experiment rapidly escalates to murder as
Estelle ignores her husband’s agonised pleas for restraint and manipulates a young man (Reeves regular Ogilvy) into committing murder in order to enjoy the emotional and sexual rush of the killing. Karloff, in one of his very last roles, is excellent as the aged puppeteer.
The Sorcerers was based on Terror for Kicks, by John Burke. Writer, author and publisher Johnny Mains tells the story of the machinations behind the film in his latest book The Sorcerers: The Original Screenplay (PS Publishing). The book details Burke’s travails as he collaborated with Michael Reeves on his penultimate movie.
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