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Paranoiac (1963)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  15 May 1963 (USA)
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Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London. One day, Ashby's long lost brother mysteriously arrives at the house, but ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Janette Scott ...
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Sheila Burrell ...
Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham ...
John Kossett
Alexander Davion ...
Tony Ashby
Liliane Brousse ...
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Harold Lang ...
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Arnold Diamond
John Bonney ...
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Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London. One day, Ashby's long lost brother mysteriously arrives at the house, but events prove that he is an impostor, sent by Keith Kossett, son of the attorney for the family estate, who has been dipping into the family trust fund. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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When it comes to love or murder ... there's no one as dangerous ... as the ... Paranoiac! See more »


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Was released on the bottom half of a double bill with Hammer's "The Kiss of the Vampire." See more »

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As Simon plays the congregational hymn on the organ in the opening scene at the church the music shown on his stand in the organ loft is an oratorio/anthem music score with SATB lines (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) and a two-stave orchestral/keyboard reduction, emphatically not a church hymn. See more »

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Simon Ashby: [stumbles through the door inebriated]
Aunt Harriet: Where have you been?
Simon Ashby: [smirk on his face] I've been drinking.
[Looks at the liquor on the bar in the entryway]
Simon Ashby: Now I need to drink some more.
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Paranoiac (1963) **1/2
11 February 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The shadow of LES DIABOLIQUES (1954) and PSYCHO (1960) always loomed large over much of Hammer's output set in contemporary times; this is a moderately well-done example of that subgenre with the usual driving-an-heiress-mad plot here given a boost by the return of a long-lost brother and a would-be last minute revelation that all is not well with hard-living brother Simon Ashby (a perfectly cast Oliver Reed in a showy role). For some odd reason, I could have sworn that this film was directed by Michael Carreras, so much so that I did a double-take when Freddie Francis' name (whose first directorial job for Hammer this was) appeared on the screen; as it turned out, I was confusing this film with the similarly-titled MANIAC (1963) - unsurprisingly, another Hammer thriller in the same mould!


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