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Premonition (1972)

PG | | Horror | 8 November 1972 (USA)
Red flowers cause three college students to have deadly premonitions.

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Kilrenny
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Tom Akers ...
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Mike
Diana Daves ...
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Alex Del Zoppo ...
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Doug DiGioia ...
2nd Discotheque Owner
Michelle Fitzsimmons ...
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Madelyn Gianfrancesco ...
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Red flowers cause three college students to have deadly premonitions.

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Mysterious, creepy and trippy 70s gem
7 November 2016 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

From the laid back yet disturbing story, to the ominous droning psychedelic soundtrack, Premonition (aka Head (why Head??) aka The Impure) is a piece of burnt out b-cinema you don't want to miss.

It's one of those movies that leave you baffled, but it left me baffled in a good way. Not in the Eraserhead "wtf?"-way, but in more like a groovy "that was weird, now let's smoke some more weed"-kinda way.

Being an early 70s hippie-horror movie, the plot of Premonition revolves around ancient tribes, dope and psychedelic nightmares coming to life. The atmosphere was caught in a perfect way, all the way from the cast of long-haired potheads to the desert-like locations and colors reminiscent of Phase IV.

The film executes its horror in a tense way. A lot of it is caused by the haunting soundtrack of psychedelic noises and electronic droning, softened appropriately in other scenes with chill guitar jamming. Other factors creating a creepy atmosphere are violent flashbacks (what else?), terrified staring and the ever-growing mystery behind red flowers and the grass they're smoking.

Ultimately I enjoyed Premonition very much. It succeeds in everything it is set to be: groovy acid fried hippie-horror. Nothing serious, but something special. The film isn't drawn out in length, but it is slow-paced, so don't expect things to be blowing up at your face or anything.


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