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The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (original title)
In 19th century London, a woman weds a doctor with necrophiliac tendencies, and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances - and might be coming back from the grave to torment her successor.

Director:

Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton)

Writer:

Ernesto Gastaldi (story and screenplay) (as Julyan Perry)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Steele ... Cinzia Hichcock
Robert Flemyng ... Prof. Bernard Hichcock
Silvano Tranquilli ... Dr. Kurt Lowe (as Montgomery Glenn)
Maria Teresa Vianello ... Margaretha Hichcock (as Teresa Fitzgerald)
Harriet Medin ... Martha - The Maid (as Harriet White)
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams
Al Christianson Al Christianson
Evar Simpson Evar Simpson
Nat Harley Nat Harley
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Storyline

The year is 1885, and necrophiliac Dr. Hitchcock likes to drug his wife for sexual funeral games. One day he accidentally administers an overdose and kills her. He leaves his home shattered. Several years later he remarries and returns with his wife. His wife starts to feel and hear strange things in the house. Written by Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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The candle of his lust burnt brightest in the shadow of the grave! See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

The filming location, Villa Peruchetti, 21 Via Pietro Paulo Rubens, Rome, Lazio, Italy is the present home of the Bulgarian Embassy. See more »

Goofs

The first time Hichcock sees his wife's ghost he runs out into a heavy rain; when he returns his clothes and hair are dry. See more »

Crazy Credits

Midway through the opening credits a woman screams. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Return of Caltiki (2007) See more »

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L'ORRIBILE SEGRETO DEL DR. HICHCOCK/THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK (1962) - Italian TV Screening Review
17 June 2004 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Actually what I have on VHS (recorded off the TV) is the full-length version of the film, released in the U.K. as THE TERROR OF DR. HICHCOCK (in the U.S. it was cut by 10 mins. and retitled).

From the little I have watched of 'Euro Horror', this is definitely one of the highlights; most critics place it at the top of Freda's canon and it's easy to see why. Visually the film is stunning (even if the print I have watched has seen better days) with any number of striking images that are not easily forgotten.

Still, the film's greatest coup, perhaps, is its unabashed (but not sensationalistic) treatment of necrophilia, a theme that was pretty much taboo at the time - and probably still is! (I urge you all to read Glenn M. Erickson's excellent and highly perceptive essay on the film on the 'Images Journal' website - incidentally, you will find a whole section here devoted to Italian horror films.) In this respect, THE TERROR OF DR. HICHCOCK would make a fine companion piece to Mario Bava's LA FRUSTA E IL CORPO/THE WHIP AND THE BODY (1963), another unhinged (and extremely personal) Gothic masterwork!

The exemplary cast is headed by Barbara Steele and Robert Flemyng. Steele is pretty good in what she has to do (though never quite scaling the heights of LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO/THE MASK OF Satan [1960]) but is overshadowed by Flemyng as Dr. Bernard Hichcock (an inspired choice for a name!) who is utterly credible in all the various facets of manic lust his character has to go through. Indeed, this doctor would not have been amiss in a Poe story and, much as I love Vincent Price in the AIP/Corman adaptations, Flemyng here emerges a far more sinister figure - without ever resorting to camp!

Finally, I wonder how this film's follow-up LO SPETTRO/THE GHOST (1963), which I have never watched, compares with the original. Hopefully both films will one day be adequately represented on DVD, possibly released as a double-feature.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock See more »

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Panda Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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