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Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Taste Of Evil (1971)

A 13 year old girl (Dawn Frame) is the victim of a vicious rape and is so traumatized, she cannot recall the perpetrator. Now a young woman (Barbara Parkins), she returns home to her mother (Barbara Stanwyck) after seven years away at a Swiss hospital. But soon she begins seeing things. Hallucinations or a devious plot? This inept thriller was directed by TV veteran John Llewellyn Moxey and written by Hammer veteran Jimmy Sangster (BRIDES OF DRACULA). If you've seen GASLIGHT, there are no surprises here. Indeed, we're actually treated to a double does of GASLIGHT as if somehow we were so surprised the first time that we wouldn't recognize what was going on a second time! Even the great Stanwyck is defeated by the material. I don't think I've ever seen her floundering before, even in mediocrity she's always seemed to rise above her material. For the Stanwyck completists only. With Roddy McDowall, Arthur O'Connell and William Windom. 

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