We keep expecting some twist with the horrifying mother who's obsessed with dolls. It took perhaps another year -- to 1967 -- to solidfy knowledge of Psycho itself -- the shower, the house, a scary man called Anthony Perkins he was presented to me as sick and scary from the get go; I never knew him as an innocent. Holloway discovers a frail looking lady, von Sturn, in a wheelchair who uses automatic switches to open the doors. More pretty impressive murders ensue until you think you definitely have the murderer in the bag when more dolls are ordered from Gina Gina Gianelli. Is it the lover, the mother, the son, even the junk yard man? Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to www. Cast: , , Director: Genres: Keywords: , , , , , , , ,.
The picture is widescreen, has been restored as far as possible. . The film's fortunes have greatly improved in 2018, however, since P-66 has been released on a high-quality blu-ray. After a short time she explains that she makes the dolls that she treats as her own children even though she has a real live son , and shows Holloway her work room, set out with doll limbs and doll bodies hanging from the walls. While it was around on vhs vastly cropped from its wide-screen , P-66 never got a dvd release. Two of the films in particular are pretty naked attempts to re-capture Psycho's magic.
Von Sturm , who knows a set of dark secrets that may hold the key to the murders. Von Strum Margaret Johnston , the dolls' owner, and her eccentric son, Mark John Standing. Von Sturm had committed suicide, and when Holloway learns that the dolls had been purchased by his widow, he visits the crippled woman at her London home. Francis has turned up a stunner, Judy Huxtable, for the main woman-in-peril. You can help Wikipedia by.
Since the mother in fact acts like some sort of crazed Nazi we expect it to be revealed that, yes, her husband was framed but, ha-ha, he did have slaves on the side somewhere to make her damned dolls or she did. Von Sturm, whose home is overcrowded with a doll collection. What I wrote up they put down. The final version we have is the product of a lot of hands at the end trying to stitch something presentable together - classic slightly chaotic B-movie in other words - not the execution of a detailed master-plan a la A-movie lifers like Hitchcock and Powell. Holloway has it worked out too, but is knocked out before he can apprehend the culprit. I'm a Psycho fan who doesn't much like psycho movies. Meanwhile, more disturbing clues are uncovered at the home of Mrs.
The best stuff in the film occurs in the last twenty minutes or so, and maybe that's enough to recommend watching the film once. Inspector Holloway Patrick Wymark investigates a series of gruesome murders with one common trait linking them: a tiny doll left next to the victim's corpse. The film has that Giallo-thing of fetishizing fashionable young women and its women-in-peril sequences are its best i think notwithstanding their tangential-ness to the main plot indeed, there's no conceivable way for the killer to jeopardize these women without directly implicating him- or her-self so the scenes are fundamentally daft but set that aside. A commentary track is provided that explores the connections between P-66 and early Giallo, e. Emphasis is placed on the wheels of the car repeatedly destroying a violin case, and we find that he is the missing musician from a string quartet who are practising not far away. As for Robert Bloch, yep he got stiffed bad on money from Psycho it seems insane versus the deals that later writers like Blatty and Benchley would get for The Exorcist and Jaws. Reading around about P-66, it's clear that it flailed a bit in production and in post.
The trail soon leads to a disabled German woman named Mrs. Once they have left the building, Frank Saville Alexander Knox is woken by a sound downstairs and goes to investigate. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son is the prime suspect and the daughter of one of the victims discovers the shocking truth. All this is rather mundane, until the inspector finds out from the owner that five of that particular type of doll have been ordered by one Mrs von Sturm, and he goes off to interview her. The commentary track on the blu-ray covers this too but I didn't have the patience to sit through the whole film a second time right away to hear all that. Blood and Black Lace seemed to revel in the beating and strangling and stabbing of women for lingering sequences that turned me right off. Huxtable is pretty wooden but with that face and hair we'll forgive her anything.
Von Sturm's house is filled with dolls with which she converses when her neurotic son, Mark, is not at home. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son is the prime suspect and the daughter of one of the victims discovers the shocking truth. Release Date: Not Yet Rated 1 hr 23 min Plot Summary Inspector Holloway Patrick Wymark investigates a series of gruesome murders with one common trait linking them: a tiny doll left next to the victim's corpse. Apparently she married Peter Cook Dudley Moore's comedy other half. The dolls, as it turns out,were purchased by the crippled Mrs. We're reminded, time and again, of classic elements that neither Bloch nor Hitchcock nor Stefano could really duplicate: the shower scene.
It all ends up pretty horribly, even after the name of von Sturm is cleared, and yes it is pretty predicable at times, but there is something about it that makes it one of those little known gems that are indicative of the time they were created. Von Strum Margaret Johnston , the dolls' owner, and her eccentric son, Mark John Standing. I am also an avid fan of British horror, particularly Hammer and Amicus productions, and I love all things strange and macabre. P-66 did its strongest business in Italy where they were alive to all these knowing references. The front door opens mysteriously and Mrs von Sturm appears to confront Saville, telling us how he has wronged her, which obviously brings on some sort of heart seizure and points the finger securely at Mrs von Sturm as the murderer. But everything they actually shot now took place at the top of a staircase which descended to the cellar. And when I took director Francis aside and questioned him about the change he pointed out that building a set with a stairway was expensive.
Von Sturm, whose home is overcrowded with a doll collection. After knocking at her front door and finding the doors open by themselves, Holloway enters the house cautiously only to find a room full of a creepy collection of dolls. Meanwhile, more disturbing clues are uncovered at the home of Mrs. Of course, she gives him the medicine prescribed by the doctor, only to find she has poisoned him! There were reshoots to heighten the various kills and the killer i. More evidence of chaos: as I mentioned earlier, we keep expecting some connection to be made between Judy Huxtable's doll-like-ness and the killer's dolls, but none ever is.