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Paranoiac (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 15 May 1963 (USA)
Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.

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Cast overview:
... Eleanor Ashby
... Simon Ashby
Sheila Burrell ... Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham ... John Kossett
... Tony Ashby
... Françoise
Harold Lang ... RAF Type
... Publican
... Keith Kossett
... Williams
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Eleven years earlier, the wealthy Ashby family was shattered when Mr and Mrs Ashby died in an airplane crash and their grieving son Tony committed suicide. All that remains of the family is cruel Simon, an alcoholic in desperate need of funds; his mentally fragile sister Eleanor; and his protective aunt Harriet. Simon is just weeks away from receiving his inheritance, but there is a hitch in his plans when the long believed dead Tony Ashby suddenly arrives. Written by L. Hamre

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When it comes to love or murder ... there's no one as dangerous ... as the ... Paranoiac! See more »


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Haus des Grauens  »

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Trivia

The film was released as a double bill with The Kiss of the Vampire (1963). See more »

Goofs

As Simon plays the congregational hymn on the organ in the opening scene at the church the music shown on his stand in the organ loft is an oratorio/anthem music score with SATB lines (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) and a two-stave orchestral/keyboard reduction, emphatically not a church hymn. See more »

Quotes

Simon Ashby: [stumbles through the door inebriated]
Aunt Harriet: Where have you been?
Simon Ashby: [smirk on his face] I've been drinking.
[Looks at the liquor on the bar in the entryway]
Simon Ashby: Now I need to drink some more.
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Great macabre atmosphere
21 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

A nice, low-key b&w thriller from Hammer, not typical of their product. A decadent upper-crust British family is thrown upside-down by the arrival of a mysterious man claiming to be the younger brother who drowned himself at 15. Is he really? And who is playing the organ at night? Is the sister really insane? It's a crackling good story, a tale of jealousy and murder and inheritances and people not being who they truly are. Everyone has a secret in this story, and some are surprises.

The acting is good, especially from a young and handsome Oliver Reed who is more and more insane as the movie progresses. The crumbling house and chapel are great settings for the goings-on in the story. PARANOIAC is good Gothic suspense, great viewing on a cold gray Saturday afternoon.


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