During a slave revolt in 1844, a British mercenary aids an Antilles island-colony gain its independence from Portugal but years later he returns there to manhunt a local rebel army leader and former friend.
A white middle class South African suburbanite with no interest in politics agrees to help his black gardener find his jailed son. His investigation opens his eyes to the horrors committed by the secret police and turns him into a target.
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.
Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms. Jessel, and the the slow corruption of the children in their care.Written by
When Winner was looking for funding a producing partner asked if if he thought Marlon Brando could play the Irish gardener Peter Quint, and he replied "Marlon could play the two children, the dog, the cat, the neighbor from the Caribbean, he can do anything." See more »
For its original UK cinema release the film was heavily cut by the BBFC and removed most of the shots of the bound Miss Jessel during the sexual bondage scenes. Later video and DVD releases were fully uncut. See more »
The Nightcomers is an odd, depressingly dull film from the director of many bad movies Michael Winner. What distinguishes it from most other bad Michael Winner films is that it stars the great Marlon Brando, in one of the most curious roles of his career. Brando is excellent in this, but in spite of his efforts the movie still fails to ignite.
The story takes its inspiration (if that's the right word) from the Henry James classic The Turn of the Screw. It explores the reasons behind the childrens' disturbed behaviour in that literary masterpiece, concluding that they were affected by witnessing sexual games and acts of aggression in their infancy. The action takes place at a Victorian mansion, where the two children finds themselves drawn to the gardener (Brando), a strange, philosophising peasant who casts an evil aura over the entire household. In one particularly distasteful scene, Brando demonstrates his cruelty by showing the children how to explode a frog. In another, he is seen performing sexual bondage upon the governess of the house Stephanie Beacham.
There was probably a worthy film somewhere amidst this material. The central idea is interesting and the performances are interesting too. The key problem is Winner's fussiness as a director, constantly distracting the audience with his zooms and close-ups and bizarre camera angles. This is a film ripe for the remake factory. Just as long as Michael Winner doesn't get his hands on it again.
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