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Monday, July 8, 2013

Corruption (1968)

Starring Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate O'Mara, David Lodge
Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis
(actor & director credits courtesy

After his fiancee has her face scarred in an accident, a brilliant doctor is able to use a pituitary gland to restore her, but to keep the scars from returning, he must kill to obtain new glands.

This horror picture offers Cushing a rare opportunity to play a tortured killer, torn between the woman he loves and his noble principles, and the actor plays it well in a unique and convincing performance, augmented by creepy closeups of the normally distinguished actor with his hair disheveled and a wild mania in his eyes.  I'm not as enamored with the filmmakers' choice of using a jazz music score here, but it doesn't distract too much from Cushing's performance or the well-composed screenplay.

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