Frenzy (1972 United Kingdom)

“Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square” by Arthur La Bern is not a novel I’ve read so I can’t say if this is better or worse than the printed page its based upon. All I do know is sometime in 1971 Alfred Hitchcock came back to dear old Blighty to do it to his audience one more time. And here he dons the chef’s apron to serve us up a classic of cheap and nasty: forced sex, murder and food. I wonder what Hitchcock’s wife and family thought of Frenzy. “That’s…lovely dear…” They probably reacted the way any family would if the patriarch had just been arrested in your local brothel. Yep. Frenzy is red light entertainment all the way! [Read more…]

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Alive (Piers Paul Reid)

On Friday, October 13, 1972 a Fairchild F-227, chartered from the Uruguayan Air Force, carrying a young amateur rugby team and their families and friends from Uruguay, slammed into the middle of the remote Andes Mountains in Argentina…This is a legendary book that shook the conscience of the world in the 1970s. And now, 45 years on from the tragedy, this non-fiction work still makes for compelling reading. Forty five passengers and the crew were on the plane before it crashed. Only sixteen of the passengers left the mountain alive. [Read more…]

Asylum (1972 United Kingdom)

barbara-parkinsIts definitely worth checking yourself in here. On a foggy English day a young psychiatrist Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) arrives at the local mental institution, which resembles a Gothic castle. Martin expects to get a job after receiving a proposition from the head doctor, B. Starr. Unfortunately, the creepy wheelchair bound current headcase in charge, Dr Rutherford, tells him that Starr has gone insane and is now one of the patients. And that the only way to get the job is to identify the Doctor. Any we think employers give us too many hurdles to jump over at interviews these days! And what was the salary package on offer? [Read more…]

A Warning To The Curious (1972 Britain)

A Warning to the Curious (1972) - 1Similar in essence to Whistle and I’ll Come to You in having a disturbed ancient artifact trigger a supernatural visitation. Genuinely unsettling in places, with director Lawrence Gordon Clarke’s ghost having a more physical presence than M R James’, including a fantastic torchlight scene which lingers long in the memory. In just 50 minutes of viewing you will experience real 10 out of 10 fear. Just what the heck is lurking in those trees behind us? [Read more…]

THE MECHANIC (1972 United States)

themechanic_posterBronson is perfect as Arthur Bishop, an expert assassin but a very unhappy pilgrim, with some serious psychiatric disorders that he barely keeps under control. He is very much the corporate cogwheel and he’s certainly afraid of “The Man.” (wouldn’t you be afraid of a man with a big pussy? I know I would) [Read more…]

Deliverance (1972 United States)

Nature, in the wild, can be violent. How appropriate that the setting should be the American South. Very few places in the U.S. are, or have been, as violent as redneck country. In a story about Darwinian survival of the fittest, the film conveys the idea that humans are part of nature, not separate from it. The magnificent scenery, the sounds of birds, frogs, crickets, and the roar of the river rapids, combined with the absence of civilization, all convey an environmental message–even if the original audience and critics did not focus on it. [Read more…]

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