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Lust and Passion Surround the Incredible, Supernatural Worlds of E.S.P. & Witchcraft in a Boiling, Bizarre Tale of Mad Love that Sgocks Even the Unearthly! See more »
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An accident victim makes a deal with a particularly hideous witch, in which he receives extraordinary ESP powers. He uses these powers to help the police solve crimes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Typically bad H.G. Lewis, with all his usual low-budget charm See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Tony McCabe ... Cronin 'Mitch' Mitchell
Elizabeth Lee ... Ellen Parker
William Brooker ... Dr. Alex Jordan
Mudite Arums ... The Hag
Ted Heil ... Det. Maddox
Lawrence J. Aberwood ... Chief Vinton (as Lawrence Wood)
Larry Wellington ... Rev. Ammond
Roy Collodi ... Dr. Roxin
Jeffrey Allen ... Dr. White
Richard Nilsson ... EMT Doctor
Carolyn Smith ... Nurse Browning
Norm Lenet ... Stein
Louis Newman ... Ambulance Attendant
Dick Gaffield ... Drunkard at Restaurant
Janet Charlton ... Secretary
Lee Ahsmann ... Photographer
Daniel Carrington ... Man in Bar
Roger Papsch ... Man in Bar
Elizabeth Galloway ... Palm Reader Customer
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Narrator (voice) (as Sheldon Seymour)
Vickie Wolfe ... Murder Victim
Stan Dale ... Government Official
William Petan ... Lawyer
Semaj Yelruh ... Newspaper Editor
George Cohon ... Banker
Peg Stewart ... Vinton's Wife
Kathleen Koenig ... The Ghost (as Kathy Koenig)
Joseph Adamik ... Policeman
Richard Donning ... Jordan's Karate Partner
Daniel Milano ... Matre d'Hotel
Jacque Dayton
Janet Granata
Helen Bridget

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Herschell Gordon Lewis 
 
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James F. Hurley 

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James F. Hurley .... producer
Fred M. Sandy .... associate producer (as Fred Sandy)
 
Original Music by
Edward J. Petan 
 
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Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Andy Romanoff 
 
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Richard Brinkman 
 
Makeup Department
Allison Louise Downe .... special makeup effects artist (as Louise Downe)
Jack Mastro .... hair stylist
 
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William Petan .... unit manager
Andy Romanoff .... production manager
 
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Guy Galloway .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Collodi .... assistant camera
Walter Fuessl .... gaffer
Louis Weiner .... electrician
 
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Bobby Vercruse .... crew chief (as Robert Vercruse)
 

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Included in a 1990 VHS series hosted by Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom) titled "The Sleaziest Movies in the History of the World."See more »
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Typically bad H.G. Lewis, with all his usual low-budget charm, 9 June 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Well, it was bound to happen to one of us eventually. I've recently been unable to play any form of disc/DVD, which has made me look elsewhere to find some filmic pleasure. Fortunately, youtube.com has given me the gift of a wide selection of middle-rate/utterly bad films (although surprisingly, they have some quite extraordinary cinematic classics such as Benjamin Christensen's Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922), and F. W. Murnau's Faust (1926). Like an excited child in a video shop, I looked for the selection within the genre of horror. After all, this is the best place to look, when you want some bad-yet-possibly-interesting- cinema. I fell upon this release by the infamous 'Godfather of gore', Herschell Gordon Lewis.

This is not one of Gordons' gore-filled movies. It is an attempt at a story of psychic abilities. Cronin Mitchell (Tony McCabe) is in a freak electrical accident that leaves half his face disfigured. Whilst Mitchell (Mitch, as he likes to be called by the 'ladies') is angry at the fate of his 'beautiful face', he has developed incredible powers of ESP (extra-sensory perception - the sixth sense). After leaving the hospital with no apparent possibility of plastic surgery to re-instate the 'normal' face, Mitch begins a business of psychic readings. This is where he encounters The Hag (Mudite Arums).

The Hag proposes to Mitch a bargain, that if he loves her, she will restore his face. After refusing, Cronin's face is restored anyway. So begins his fate. For he is completely controlled by The Hag, who now disguises herself as a beautiful 'assistant' (Ellen Parker) to his travelling psychic. Whilst he has his extraordinary powers of ESP, the government want him and the local police desire his assistance in a murder case, where seven woman have been brutally slaughtered.

Mitch is inaugurated into the societal traps of the 'connected' police detective. He has an almost celebrity status. This is pure post-Psycho filmmaking. Mitch is quite obviously investigating murder that he himself has done, but is unable to remember. The Hag has utter control over his memory and his actions. She moves on to her next victim even as Mitch is stumbling through his nightmare. We enter psycho-babble through analytical trappings of 'split-personality' etc. Therefore, he is utterly controlled by his unconscious-self.

Whilst the seeming twist might give this cheap affair some form of narrative gravitas, the film surely doesn't. After all, it is an H G Lewis picture. Yes, everything about a Lewis film is inept. The acting, cinematography, editing, writing are all so terrible. But for some reason, I am utterly drawn into this garish Eastman colourised world. This doesn't have the blood-red charms of Blood Feast (1963) and Two- Thousand Maniacs (1964); it doesn't even hold the absurdly laconic pace of these dull-yet-entertaining films. It is a incredible bore to watch. Perhaps if you created an anthology movie of Lewis-like vignettes, then there may be a two-hour movie there (the sordid lives of distracted Americans perhaps), but to hold out a 20 minute premise in an 80 minute feature, is not the best way to spend that time. I have to say, I still adore the cinema of Herschell Gordon Lewis - up there with the sexploitation magnetism of (the better filmmaker) Russ Meyer.

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