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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:
Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London... See more » | 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)
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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:
Was released on the bottom half of a double bill with Hammer's "The Kiss of the Vampire."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:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Maniacs (1996) (V)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Cool thriller!, 21 September 2005
Author: grantch from United States

Fascinating film, an exercise in understated British acting. How did I miss this flick? In 1963 I used to go to movies a lot, and surely this film played the drive-in or "B" movie circuit. Howevr, this is a wannabe "A" movie. The story is convoluted, with lots of twists and unexpected turns. Never be sure of anything in Paranoiac. There are even a couple of genuine thrill jumps along the way to the conclusion. Acting is excellent and the music works well. Best of all, Paranoiac is shot in absolutely gorgeous black and white. Since the movie was released in 1963, Oliver Reed was slim and drop-dead handsome.

No one can make suspense thrillers like the Brits. Actually, Paranoiac reminded me of Bunny Lake Is Missing and Midnight Lace. It's now available in a Hammer studios presentation box of 8 films. Since Paranoiac was one of two films in the package I had not seen, ever, I watched it as soon as I opened the package. Heartily recommended.

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