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Craze (1974)

R | | Horror | June 1974 (USA)
A nutty antiques dealer starts to sacrifice women to an African idol.


Freddie Francis




Complete credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Neal Mottram
Diana Dors ... Dolly Newman
Julie Ege ... Helena
Edith Evans ... Aunt Louise Nash
Hugh Griffith ... Solicitor
Trevor Howard ... Supt. Bellamy
Michael Jayston ... Detective Sgt. Wall
Suzy Kendall ... Sally
Martin Potter ... Ronnie
Percy Herbert ... Detective Constable Russet
David Warbeck ... Detective Wilson
Kathleen Byron ... Muriel Sharp
Marianne Stone ... Jane - Barmaid
Dean Harris Dean Harris ... Ronnie's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Venicia Day Venicia Day ... Dancer


Jack Palance plays as a demented art dealer & antique-shop owner who performs nightly rituals in honor of the African god Chuku, whom he believes will reward him with unimaginable wealth and power if he merely offers up human sacrifice. His methods are fairly creative, ranging from impalement, slashing and burning, to scaring people to death with an ooga-booga fright mask. Written by Ørnås

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considered for the major cameo of Bellamy was Joss Ackland. See more »


The orientation of Chuku's "hand", which has stab-knives for fingers, alternates between vertical and horizontal throughout the film, sometimes within the same scene. See more »


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So don't give me no flack, Jack
15 August 2016 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Jack Palance as an insane antiques dealer who worships an African deity in his basement and offers it human sacrifices? That's the kind of film that just can't lose! And it doesn't, although the copy I watched tries it's best with the worst sound ever, forcing me to up the volume on the DVD player to max and still struggle to hear some of the dialogue.

Now Jack can do these off-kilter roles in his sleep and this NOT being a spaghetti western, he's actually required to be there on screen for most of the film. It's a joy to see him in his Primark devil robes with his coven, worshipping this African statue while a chick dances nude and then cuts herself. It's all harmless fun until some ex-coven member turns up and accidentally impales herself on the statue's trident, and the subsequent windfall gets Jack all thinking that maybe he should be upping his game when it comes to demented statue worshipping.

In his non-insane life, Jack owns a shop with a weedy assistant who knows what he's up to but doesn't want to turn Jack in and lose his job (because he'd have his benefit cut when trying to claim Unemployment Benefit as technically he would have quit) so he just goes with the flow while Jack stuffs American tourist's heads into his Argos basement oven. By this point the cops are sniffing around and Jack isn't exactly putting them off the trail.

So just when you're thinking we're getting a stalk and slash film Craze takes a side road into an elaborate plot to bump off Jack's rich Aunt which involves getting Diana Dors drunk and him jumping out of a cupboard wearing a Poundland horror mask. Will Jack get away with his plan to continually offer sacrifices to his statue? Or will his assistant get fed up being paid minimum wage? Will David Warbreck do anything when he finally shows up near the end of the film? I ain't saying, but it's as daft as you would expect.

I seem to own rather a lot of Jack Palance films (Man in the Attic, It can Be Done Amigo, Brothers Blue, Portrait of a Hit-man, Welcome to Blood City etc) and he's a lot more animated than usual in this one. Not an essential film, but a good time waster thanks to the daft plot.

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