The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations, of his subjects. He and his wife Estelle test the technique on Mike... See full summary »
The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations, of his subjects. He and his wife Estelle test the technique on Mike Roscoe, and enjoy 'being' the younger man. But Estelle soon grows to love the power of controlling Roscoe, and the vicarious pleasures that provides. How far will she go, and can the Professor restrain her in time? Written by
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Interesting British horror with sci-fi overtones (the premise concerns hypnotism, which leads to a string of murders): basically, a belated follow-up to star Boris Karloff's myriad mad scientist roles of the 30s and 40s! Still, he apparently resisted this angle of the script and worked with writer-director Reeves to give his character greater sympathy!
Both he and co-star Catherine Lacey are wonderful - but while Karloff delivers a dignified and understated performance, she tends towards hamminess (being the more overtly villainous of the two) but still emerges as equally effective. Ian Ogilvy (star of all 3 films Reeves directed!) is a brooding and mod 'monster'; throughout the course of the film, he interacts with three attractive girls (two of whom eventually end up dead!) - leading lady Elizabeth Ercy, ex-flame Susan George and pop singer Dani Sheridan.
Despite the film's low-budget - and the soft, scratched print utilized for the transfer - its hip Swinging Sixties look provides some definite eye candy (and not just girls in mini-skirts!), particularly during the hallucinatory if low-key experiment in which Ogilvy is an unwitting guinea pig. Paul Ferris' score, including a couple of tunes (though the flat audio on the DVD doesn't really do them justice!), is pretty good. The climax - involving a chase scene in which Ogilvy is pursued by a police car (and featuring Ivor Dean as a vaguely nonplussed, pipe-smoking Inspector) - is terrific, if slightly confusing for, while it's been shown that Lacey has greater control over Ogilvy, suddenly the situation is reversed somehow and Karloff deliberately wills the boy - and the two 'sorcerers' with him - to a fiery death!
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