Though writer Ray Russell had scripted several horror & science-fiction films in the 60s - notably "Mr. Sardonicus," "The Premature Burial" and "X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes" - it was his novel that was the basis for George Franklin's script, and directed by genre specialist John Hough.
Presented uncut and widescreen, Hough's penchant for weird angles and visual distortions recall his more successful tricks for "The Legend of Hell House," and Elite's transfer offers horror fans the chance to finally enjoy the film's great interior and exterior locations, expertly shot by cinematographer Albert (Bert) Dunk. The colours are natural and stable, and some visible grain from the original print isn't as distracting as the notice on the DVD sleeve suggests. There's some nice high-contrast lighting, and the night scenes have decent blacks and grays.
Stanley Myers' largely orchestral score is punchy and dissonant, and the original mono mix offers an eerie blend of subtle pauses and orchestral chaos.
The only extra is the film's engaging trailer (with a new corporate logo from Liberty International), likely from an older 3/4" master, with some minor wringing and soft focus.
© 2002 Mark R. Hasan