A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he ...
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A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he has suddenly aged. Some mysterious things happen in a maze made from the hedges adjoining the castle. Written by
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This was to be the second 3-D film designed and directed by William Cameron Menzies. Contrary to some opinion, there is no evidence to substantiate that his previous film, Invaders from Mars (1953), was designed nor planned for for 3-D, and certainly was not shot in this process. Menzies, who was known as a director with a very "dimensional" style (eg. many shots are focused in layers), only directed one other 3-D film previous to this: "Fun in the Sun," a short that was shot for the aborted Sol Lesser production, "The 3-D Follies". This would be his final film as production designer and director. See more »
Kitty and Edith's rooms in the castle have their windows blocked with stone. That is shown in a shot of Kitty's room the night they arrived. The only light sources are candles and the fireplaces. Yet, in the morning, both bedrooms are bathed in light as if the sun were streaming in through these blocked windows. See more »
Absolutely ludicrous conclusion threatens to ruin a somber chiller
For most of its running time, "The Maze" is a nicely made chiller if a bit average. Its well directed by William Cameron Menzies (who also made the cult classic "Invaders From Mars" and worked on "The Thief of Baghdad"), who creates a brooding and chilling Gothic atmosphere. There's no shortage of horror stories set in old castles, and while this film doesn't add anything new to the setting, it manages to use the familiar location quite well. The screenplay is often very somber, and the performance by Richard Carlson in the lead is quite accomplished. Veronica Hurst is a bit less successful and rather over-the-top, but the relationship between the characters is surprisingly developed, so its easy to overlook the shortcomings on her behalf.
The film is a somber and moody Gothic chiller up until the climax. I won't ruin it for you, but simply put its one of the most absolutely ludicrous things ever in a film and threatens to ruin the film. The film was quite involving and than it completely spins around and presents one of the most unintentionally hilarious conclusions ever. Its really a shame, because the writers obviously put some thought into it, and it had the potential to be a tragic conclusion. Oh well, "The Maze" is still a decent enough drive-in horror flick. (5/10)
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