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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baffled! (1973)

A race car driver (Leonard Nimoy) has visions of an English manor house and a screaming woman (Vera Miles) during a race which causes him to crash. An expert on psychic phenomenon and the occult (Susan Hampshire) believes that he has seen something that will happen in the future and together they track down the English manor to investigate. This rather absurd piece of horror pulp was originally shot as a movie pilot for a proposed television series (Nimoy as a psychic detective with Hampshire as his romantic sidekick psychically solving a new case each week) that never sold. Despite dealing with witchcraft, there's very little suspense at all though there is one neat surprise twist at the end that I didn't see coming though it's a bit of a cheat. Directed by Philip Leacock with a cheesy 70s score by Richard Hill. With Rachel Roberts (SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING) in a nice turn as a landlady who mysteriously looks younger each day, Angharad Rees, Jewel Blanch and Ray Brooks.

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