This is more of an action thriller rather than horror, but it looked pretty good and sat in well with the rest of the John Hough films this week.
The story follows a young lad Ziggy (Mark Lester, famous for his role as Oliver… and the Father of Jacko’s kids?) on a sunny summer holiday, the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta with his sister. (Susan George). It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed, and Oliver (er.. i mean Ziggy) is the only witness. It’s a political assassination, JFK style. So from this point on, Ziggy is on the run with gangsters, cops and family chasing behind.
Sounds great eh? Too right. Hough’s cast are brilliant. Some legends: Lionel Jeffries from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Susan George is always a plus and the perfect reason to watch any of her films, Tony Bonner is great in his Ray Lovelock style role, blond shaggy surfer hair. Finally, Peter Vaughan is brilliant as the main villain, a vicious bent cop.
As expected, the film looks great, feels great having a real tension and sweeping pace whilst still managing to allow characters to flourish. Some great murders too. One has a bloke tipped off the edge of a cliff from a JCB, crashing to his death. There’s some good car chases too. Land Rover vs Triumph Herald: It doesn’t get better than that.
Hough here shows his versatility as a director. A film which Hitchcock would be proud of, and a tribute to Hough’s strength, capturing real character through situation and drama.
I’m eager to view more of Hough’s films after this weeks fine form, but alas, most are not really appropriate for this site.