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Twisted Nerve (1968)

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

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Susan Harper
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Joan Harper
Phyllis Calvert ...
Enid Durnley
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Gerry Henderson
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Henry Durnley
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Shashie Kadir (as Salmaan Peer)
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Philip Harvey
Gretchen Franklin ...
'Clarkie'
Thorley Walters ...
Sir John Forrester
Russell Napier ...
Professor Fuller
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Mr. Groom
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Superintendant Dakin
Brian Peck ...
Det-Sgt Rogers
Richard Davies ...
'Taffy' Evans
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Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality - that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl.

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December 1968 (UK)  »

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A Morte Tem Cara de Anjo  »

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The whistling theme from the score was resurrected in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). Daryl Hannah's character Elle Driver is whistling it as she enters the hospital. As well as this, it is also used in various epidodes of American Horror Story (2011) Season 1. See more »

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Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, in view of the controversy already aroused, the producers of this film wish to re-emphasize what is already stated in the film, that there is no established scientific connection between Mongolism and psychotic or criminal behaviour.
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In the closing credits, the police rank Superintendent is spelled Superintendant. See more »

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Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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More of a character study than thriller
10 February 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Twisted Nerve is a rather well made film that deals with the psychopathology of a 21 year old man. His illness is "triggered" when he leaves his troubled home (a rich demanding father and infantilizing mother) to live as a border in the home of a college student (Haley Mills) and her mother (Billie Whitelaw).

The film works especially well when his sexuality is aroused by both Haley Mills and Billie Whitelaw, with disastrous results.

The movie takes its time to unfold. Although it does have some shocking scenes, this film isn't your typical slasher/psycho movie, as the advertisements suggest, its much more than that.


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