The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) - Horror

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90

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In 19th century London, a woman weds a doctor with necrophiliac tendencies, and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances - and might be coming back from the grave to torment her successor.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng
Length: 76 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 7 out of 25 found boring (28%)

One-line Reviews (24)

Visually the film is stunning (even if the print I have watched has seen better days) with any number of striking images that are not easily forgotten.

The only real horror element is the thought of poor Barbara Steele being burnt alive while tied upside down, certainly psychologically hand wringing for a first time viewer, but for the most part, this film is extremely slow moving and often tedious.

Following this is an intense conclusion where Cynthia attempts to escape from what could be Margaretha's specter—Hichcock's home has underground tunnels, prisons, and a crypt, identifiable to Gothic horror films featuring castles, there always seems to be secret passageways and architectural labyrinths to discover by unfamiliars who walk unknowingly into them.

It's slow going as well, 90% of the films run time takes place on the same set of stairs & I don't really get all the positive reviews for this lame & rather dull film.

"The Terrible Secret of Dr. Hichcock" - notice there's no "T" in the name to avoid lawsuits against the master of suspense himself – takes place in London in the year 1885, at the peak of the Victorian era in other words, and certainly contains all the necessary ingredients of a delicious Gothic cocktail, but unfortunately the film is a bit slow-moving and it takes slightly too long before something really substantial occurs.

This is a handsomely produced, suspenseful, atmospheric film, enhanced by a good soundtrack by Roman Vlad.

Suspenseful, creepy, and atmospheric, this is the kind of historical, nightmarish horror piece that Edgar Allan Poe could have written, and there is indeed a reference to PREMATURE BURIAL.

The Horribly DULL Dr. Hitchcock .

This is either the result of Steele's status within the genre, or the fact that Flemyng's character is actually quite boring.

) was directed by Riccardo Freda, a cult name who apparently despised the dreary and ditch-water-dull realistic cinema.

Vastly overrated & dull Italian nonsense.

During her many dull days alone in the mansion, Cynthia notices a sinister presence and it doesn't take too long before she starts losing her mind further on.

Final view on the film: Terrific stylish directing from Freda and a great performance from Steele are sadly let down by a disappointingly plodding screenplay.

Silvano Tranquilli has the uninteresting part of bland love interest for Steele..these are the parts that are written without the vitality normally dedicated to the more colorful villain as evident in Corman's Poe films with Vincent Price.

The scene as her character, Cynthia, wakes from a drugged sleep is stunning.

He perfectly calibrates his performance so as to expose his character's slow descent into unbridled derangement.

Hitchcock knows the drug is unpredictable and unstable.

The decors are stunning and the black-and-white photography is stylishly elegant.

Thanks to Barbara Steele ,this slow-moving flick sustains interest and attention till the end.

One can get MANY more shocks in the teaser at the beginning of any "X Files" episode than in the nearly two hours of this slow movie.

Written by Ernesto Gastaldi, and directed by Mario Bavas' mentor Riccardo Freda, "The Horrible Dr. Hichcock" is fairly engrossing as a mystery, with the two of them being as vague as possible as to what Bernards' intentions are.

This is a slow moving but moderately enjoyable Italian horror movie where the madness of the title character, obviously lingering under the surface from the beginning, finds its way to the outside when he returns home after a decade long absence after the death of his first wife with a brand new one.

It's later revealed that it's an anaesthesia that can slow down the heart.

Sadly with the great work that Freda and Steele display in this film,the screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi (who also wrote the Sergio Martino Giallo All The Colours Of The Dark) deflates any feeling of terror for the first hour of what should be a very nerve- wrecking film,due to Gastaldi making the pace of the films plot move at a surprisingly slow pace,which despite the last half an hour of the movie feeling pretty energetic leaves the overall film feeling disappointing and tied.