Movie Lover: Kevinmoviebuff
-- July, 25, 2004
This is a little gem of a movie and one of my most watched horror films! I already have the MGM version and this one by Alpha Video is just as good, and for under $6 you can't go wrong! The picture and sound are both very good and the package is very nice indeed, buy a copy now!!!
Everyone loves this movie. Will someone tell me why?
Movie Lover: Dr. Maniac
-- May, 10, 2004
This had the makings to be one of the scariest things ever put on film, a psychological drama about a man who discovers he has a power that no one else has and his struggle to come to terms with it. Alas, the studio got cold feet.
Let me explain. Richard Boone is a businessman who has to take his turn as caretaker of a local cenetray. All his family and friends have plots there and the map of the grounds is dotted with white pins for empty graves and black pins for occupied one. One day by accident Richard puts a black pin into an empty grave marker and the person who owns the grave dies! Thinking this is only a coincidence Richard goes on about his work until he makes the same mistake a second time and another person dies! The supersititous groundskeeper Andrew (Theodore Bikel) suggests that Richard has the power to bring death by force of will. His friends all scoff at the idea and to snap the man out of it they all demand he put black pins into their grave markers. Bad idea! With the body count growing police think Richard might be murdering his business partners. Is that the case, or there something even more terrible behind it all?
The original ending had Richard pulling out the black pins and puttings white ones in their place. This made the dead people rise out of their graves and surround him in his office and call him to join them. Richard sees them and dies of a heart attack. Okay, that was the ORIGINAL ending! The studio changed it for a more "reasonable" explanation and (to me anyway) wrecked everything that had gone before.
Oh well, as it is the film is a fairly decent mystery. Personally I wish they had left well anough alone though.