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Psyche 59 (1964) starring Patricia Neal Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of a novel by Françoise des Ligneris makes for strange and uncomfortable viewing but doesn't really succeed as a psychological thriller. The performances are generally good, especially Patricia Neal, Samantha Eggar and Beatrix Lehmann.

Curd Jürgens and Patricia Neal in Psyche 59

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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

It’s the film which was meant to reunite director Robert Aldrich with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. When the latter dropped out, Olivia de Havilland replaced her. While not as original as its predecessor, it takes the gothic delirium that bit further.

Bette Davis with gun in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

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Climax (2018) dir: Gaspar Noé Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Noé’s latest film is a challenging and dread-inducing depiction of human deterioration under the influence of LSD-spiked sangria. It is a breathlessly audacious piece of work but not for everyone. Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub and Kiddy Smile.

Climax (2018) starring Sofia Boutella

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Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Luciano Ercoli's giallo features a distinctive shortage of murders and a fairly derivative, predictable mystery plot. However, there's style to burn in Alejandro Ulloa’s cinematography, Ennio Morricone’s score and the precious red-headed beauty of Dagmar Lassander.

Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

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William Castle at Columbia Volume One Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus are brought together in this superbly assembled boxed set. While these films aren't exactly high art, Castle's larger-than-life personality makes them entertaining in their own peculiar ways.

Vincent Price in The Tingler

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Monkey Shines (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This underrated entry in George Romero's filmography is an intelligent, psychologically chilling look at the frustrations of disability and the brutalities of animal instinct. A fine performance by Jason Beghe and some complex work with real capuchin monkeys hold the attention throughout.

George Romero's underrated Monkey Shines

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Dark River (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow Academy)

Clio Barnard's loose adaptation of Rose Tremain's novel Trespass, transplanted to the Yorkshire Dales, features a gorily authentic depiction of the struggles of tenancy farming and some real depths hinted at in Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley's performances. In the end, however, it's little more than artistically-mounted gloom porn.

Ruth Wilson in front of a waterfall in Dark River (2017)

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​Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent (1958-1961) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This compilation of the cult British studio's crime dramas proves that they ably turned their hands to genres other than the horror films which made them famous. The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets From a Stranger, Cash on Demand and The Full Treatment are the four offerings in this set.

The Snorkel (1958) with Peter van Eyck

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The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Matt Cimber's underrated and devastating erstwhile Video Nasty starring Millie Perkins from The Diary of Anne Frank. Molly has a way with razors!

Millie Perkins as Molly in The Witch Who Came from the Sea

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Psycho II (1983) Blu Ray from Arrow starring Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates in an unexpectedly good sequel, superbly presented by Arrow.

The house in Psycho II

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