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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Harper
Joan Harper
Phyllis Calvert ...
Enid Durnley
Gerry Henderson
Henry Durnley
Shashie Kadir (as Salmaan Peer)
Philip Harvey
Gretchen Franklin ...
Thorley Walters ...
Sir John Forrester
Russell Napier ...
Professor Fuller
Mr. Groom
Superintendant Dakin
Brian Peck ...
Det-Sgt Rogers
Richard Davies ...
'Taffy' Evans


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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Release Date:

December 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Tem Cara de Anjo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a Bernard Herrmann soundtrack album, the whistler's name is Gareth Williams. Williams is also credited with some work on the orchestration of the piece. See more »


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 »


References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »


Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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quite nasty moments and a splattering of blood
24 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not at all bad. From an uneasy, start complete with voice-over to try and mitigate the non PC nature of the main thread of the film, this builds very nicely to a very decent climax. Hywell Bennet is most effective as the young man who tries to break from his mother and Hayley Mills surprisingly good playing against type.

If it hadn't been for the controversy surrounding the film regarding 'Mongols', she may have gone on to a much more interesting career. Good pacing and fleshed out secondary characters help to make this an absorbing psycho thriller, with some quite nasty moments and a splattering of blood.

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