The Horrible Secret of Doctor Hichcock (on the Hump)
Within minutes of the title sequence of the film, it is plain that Dr. Bernard Hichcock (Robert Flemyng) does have a horrible secret. The skilled 19th century physician has developed a new kind of anesthesia that, in large doses, can even put the body in a torpor that mimics death. For the good doctor, the anesthetic has more than just a practical application. He also liked to dose his wife Margherita with it and carry out his deepest necrophilia fantasies. That is until the Doc injected the missus with a bad batch and accidentally killed her. Pained with grief, Hichcock moved away for twelve years, and when he returns it is with a pretty young wife, Cynthia (Barbara Steele). Their newlywed bliss is brought to a grinding halt as soon as they move into his old home. Adorned with portraits of Margherita in nearly every room, the home feels very much like Bernard’s first wife is still in residence. As the Doctor’s affection for his new bride becomes more distant, Cynthia begins to believe that they are not alone in the house. Cynthia’s only hope is to uncover all of her husband’s secrets before they catch up with her.
The Case of the Bloody Iris and All the Colors of the Dark, two of the greatest of the giallo boom.
Anthropophagus and Buio Omega as well as Don’t Torture a Duckling for Lucio Fulci.
Black Sunday or She Beast, Barbara looks simply radiant in late Victorian era fashions and there must have been careful planning put into her lighting and hairstyles.
Black Belly of the Tarantula. Going nearly completely unnoticed is Harriet Medin as the creepy, disheveled maid, but she must have been noticed by someone. The next year she became a Mario Bava regular with appearances in Black Sabbath, The Whip and the Body, and Blood and Black Lace. She would also later appear in Death Race 2000 as the radical Thomasina Payne before settling into a string of minor character roles in movies and TV which found her more often than not billed as ‘Elderly Woman’.
See everyone back here Friday for the triumphant return of You Don’t Know Shat!: Year Three!