Tuesday, October 18, 2016

THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK (Olive Blu-ray) - Italian Gothic Spooky Steele

The Olive release of The Horrible Dr. Hichcock looks pretty damn good. The cover art is the traditional poster, non reversible. The disc does not contain extras, but the price point reflects this. Collectors would want something more pn their Barbara Steele exposed HD release of a Italian Gothic Horror, but I'm afraid you'll have to settle for having the movie look good and in your collection.

Like many of the Gothic Horror pictures coming out of Europe during the 60's The Horrible Dr. Hichcock is a slow burn, atmospheric mystery with some spooky sets. I put it on par with Nightmare Castle especially for fans of Steele, but perhaps it is more forced and melodramatic. The story is more straightforward than Nightmare Castle which came out three years later. You can tell that Steele had become very comfortable in roles of this type. It is her role in The Horrible Dr. Hichcock that seemingly prepared her for Mario Caiano and Nightmare Castle.

This is not for Italian splatter heads or for folks who love 70's giallo. This is for the ones who dig on Bava and mood and know how to read a ghost story ever now and again.

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From Olive:

From director Robert Hampton, (Lust Of The Vampire) comes The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (L’orrible segreto del Dr. Hichcock), the twisted and terrifying tale of Dr. Bernard Hichcock (Robert Flemyng, The Quiller Memorandum) whose secret desires and perverse passions lead to the death of his wife, Margaret (Teresa Fitzgerald, Class of Iron). Remarrying years later, the doctor’s new bride Cynthia (Barbara Steele, Pit and the Pendulum) is unaware that her husband intends to use her blood to reanimate the corpse of his dearly departed Margaret.

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