This is a fine old classic, something which I was not expecting when I drew up my list of festive films to watch and it’s remarkably good. It’s old and creepy looking, centring around an old house, used for an asylum, inheritance and the deeds that took place many years before and the return of an occupant over the Christmas celebrations. The use of flash backs is superbly executed with sepia which looks ancient. The house itself is enough to send a shiver down the spine, but the atmosphere which is created with odd camera angles, interesting and peculiar characters and a great script all bundle to make a real nice gem of a film.
It’s great to find a film of this calibre and looking at the cast and crew who all do a fantastic job, I cannot believe that nothing became of any of them, and this film isn’t really recognised or mentioned at all!
The initial murder is shockingly gory and looks about as real as it gets, considering this is 1973, it’s shocking. The later scenes of the house being used as an asylum are also disturbing and harsh. This is really what nightmares are made of, but the whole thing is made with some finely crafted art vision. It’s beautiful to watch and experience.