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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Eye Of The Devil (1966)

Starring Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Donald Pleasence, Edward Mulhare, Flora Robson
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A Frenchman returns to his ancestral castle with little explanation to his family, but when his wife follows him there, she discovers he's become involved in weird pagan rituals.

Well-acted and visually striking, with accomplished photography and good suspenseful direction by Thompson, this is an intriguing little mystery, although it reveals its secrets a little too soon.  It probably would have also benefitted from displaying a bit more than the small glimpses of paganism it affords, and not placing quite so heavy an emphasis on Kerr's character.  Still, it's impressively assembled, and is notable for including the first major role for lovely actress Sharon Tate, who per Wikipedia, had her promising film career cut short by her tragic murder at the hands of the followers of Charles Manson.

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