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Director:
Writer:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Shocking! Horrifying! Macabre! See more »
Plot:
Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
Hammer Horror Writer Dies
 (From WENN. 23 August 2011, 5:06 AM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Janette Scott ... Eleanor Ashby

Oliver Reed ... Simon Ashby
Sheila Burrell ... Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham ... John Kossett
Alexander Davion ... Tony Ashby
Liliane Brousse ... Françoise
Harold Lang ... RAF Type
Arnold Diamond
John Bonney ... Keith Kossett
John Stuart ... Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney Bromley ... Tramp (uncredited)
Laurie Leigh ... Woman #1 (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Woman #2 (uncredited)
Colin Tapley ... Vicar (uncredited)
Jack Taylor ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Josephine Tey  uncredited (novel "Brat Farrar")

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... make-up artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Draper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... third assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director
Ross MacKenzie .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Tom Money .... property master
Kenneth Ryan .... assistant art director
Eric Hillier .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Alan Thorne .... sound camera operator
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Kit West .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Cowlard .... camera grip
Moray Grant .... camera operator
Robin Higginson .... focus puller
David Osborne .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
Maureen White .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
Canada:80 min | USA:80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
The film was released as a double bill with The Kiss of the Vampire (1963).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Version of "Brat Farrar" (1986)See more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not the usual Hammer Horror, 12 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I'm a big fan of Hammer Horror, and have seen a fair few of the films made by the studio. However, none of my previous viewings could prepare me for this film - it's absolutely nothing like the Hammer Horror we know! And luckily, that isn't a bad thing. Hammer are most famous for producing fun, colourful flicks - and this one is neither of those things. Shot in black and white, and without a slither of humour in sight; Paranoiac is an entirely serious horror-drama. It's a good one too, as Oliver Reed steps into the role of spoilt brat Simon Ashby brilliantly, and you can really believe his every motivation. The plot follows Simon and the rest of the Ashby family, which is thrown into disarray when Simon's long lost brother Tony turns up. Believed to have committed suicide eight years ago, Simon and his Aunt don't believe the man claiming to be Tony and think him to be an impostor. The only member of the family who does believe that it really is Tony is the sister, Eleanor, whom Simon has being trying to drive insane so that he can get his hands on the family fortune.

'Paranoiac' is a great title for this film, as it breathes a very paranoid atmosphere throughout. Oliver Reed's facial expressions and mannerisms help it to achieve this, and Paranoiac wouldn't be the film that it is had it not been for him starring in it. The beautiful Janette Scott stars alongside him, and makes up the rest of the central ensemble along with Alexander Davion and Sheila Burrell. The colours tend to be my favourite thing about most Hammer films, and thus I tend not to like the black and white ones as much. The lack of colour doesn't harm this film, however, as it makes up for it with a suburb atmosphere, much of which comes from the excellent black and white cinematography. The pace of the film can be a little slow at times, but it never becomes boring and Paranoiac always has enough up it's sleeve to compensate for it's less exciting moments. The plot has enough surprises entwined within it, and even though the film only has an eighty-minute running time - there's a lot of development, and the final twist is bound to catch you off guard. While this film isn't very well known - it is very good. I don't hesitate to call Paranoiac one of Hammer Horror's best little-known gems.

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