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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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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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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

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Flemyng took the part after reading an early script entitled Raptus. When he found out later it involved necrophilia he tried to quit. See more »

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Featured in Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss (2012) See more »

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A must if you love Barbara Steele.
25 November 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Robert Flemyng is the title character, Dr. Bernard Hichcock, a doctor / surgeon in 19th century London. His wife Margaret (Maria Teresa Vianello) dies under suspicious circumstances, and years later, Bernard marries younger woman Cynthia (a radiant Barbara Steele). She begins to see and hear strange things, and one of the questions that the story asks is whether Cynthias' visions are real or imagined. Certainly Cynthia starts to suspect her husband of something sinister. Bernards' colleague Dr. Kurt Lowe (Silvano Tranquilli) cares for her and starts wondering about Bernard himself.

Written by Ernesto Gastaldi, and directed by Mario Bavas' mentor Riccardo Freda, "The Horrible Dr. Hichcock" is fairly engrossing as a mystery, with the two of them being as vague as possible as to what Bernards' intentions are. All we know that is Bernard has a particular kink as part of his personality; this viewer won't mention it here. That helps to give a bit of a lift to what is ultimately a pretty routine story. But the story isn't the principal attraction. It's Fredas' stylized presentation, and the performances of the cast. This is a handsomely produced, suspenseful, atmospheric film, enhanced by a good soundtrack by Roman Vlad. Freda downplays elements such as sex and gore, making his film of more interest to more traditional genre lovers. It's also well paced, clocking in at a mere 77 minutes. (There is a longer, international cut running about 11 minutes longer.)

Flemyng is effective in his subtlety when it comes to his villainy. You're not quite sure what to make of him. Tranquilli is an utter stiff, but Vianello is fine as the wife, and American actress Harriet Medin, a familiar face in Italian genre cinema during this time, also comes off well as the loyal maid. Still, "The Horrible Dr. Hichcock" truly belongs to the lovely young Ms. Steele, who's got some of the most expressive eyes one will ever see. We've seen her score in villainous roles herself, and here she shows that she can also be a sympathetic heroine.

Not really a great film in this viewers' humble opinion, but it still provides fine entertainment for any fan of Italian horror.

Followed by "The Ghost".

Six out of 10.


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