Friday, January 10, 2014

The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

Starring Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Allison Hayes, Marcia Henderson, Joe Patridge
Directed by George Blair
(actor & director credits courtesy

A series of unexplained self-mutilations by women confuse the police detective investigating them, but his girlfriend suspects a popular hypnotist may connect the victims.

Although the subject matter is a bit horrific, and one certainly cannot welcome the violence experienced by the victims, overall the film makes for entertaining viewing, due to a compelling mystery, a quality cast, and an enjoyable hypnosis sequence where Bergerac invites the movie audience to participate and experience the real thing.  Cinematographer Archie Dalzell makes good use of closeups during the hypnosis scenes to bring us into the experience, as well as tight shots of Bergerac's stare in the posters outside his theatre to heighten his menace.  It's a good horror film with some still potent shocks.

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