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The Snorkel

1958 1h 32m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 76% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
On the Italian coast, writer Paul Decker (Peter Van Eyck), who has grown unhappy in his marriage, executes what appears to be a perfect murder of his wife. Although Paul is believed to be writing a book in France, his stepdaughter, Candy (Mandy Miller), is sure that he murdered her mother, and suspects he also murdered her father years before. With the police unwilling to investigate any further, Candy sets out to confirm her suspicions and take Paul down herself. Read More Read Less

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nick s Nicely paced immersive style thriller. Very well acted. Don't let the lame title put you off! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/15/24 Full Review ross e It has been 60 years since we screened this little beauty at our university movie club. But I still remember just how gripping and creepy it was. Not a who-dunnit because this is revealed right at the beginning, but a can-he-get-away-with-it by silencing the only one endangering him. We had very quiet and sombre audiences leaving at the end. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member First-rate Hammer film directed with style by Guy Green. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyable black-and-white Hammer Studio's 1958 thriller. A well-shot 'we-KNOW-who-dunnit' - but proving it provides the real suspense, particularly when left to the devices of a 15-year-old girl, now squarely in the target of the killer. Peter Van Eyck is exemplary as the baddie, with the ending well-worth waiting for. You can pick this one up on the 'Icons of Suspense' collection. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This was creepy. It got kind of ridiculous though that no one would be suspicious of the dude killing everyone to the point of assuming the eyewitness is a nutcase. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Compared to some of the more tightly acted and suspenseful films produced by Hammer in the late fifties and early sixties, this Guy Green-directed little thriller seems slight. However, no one knew how to manage what they were working with as perfectly as this studio, and these "mini-Hitchcock" films (as Hammer affectionately called them) are incredibly satisfying. This one opens with a murder, in which a man kills his wife. The act is perfectly executed within its own mystery movie logic, and Green orchestrates the set up brilliantly, hooking us with small details and little questions until the grisly final product is delivered in the form of a "perfect murder". From here, we are introduced to the killer's sketchy background, and we come to know his victim's daughter, who is immediately sure of her stepfather's crime. A cat and mouse game ensues, and the dynamic between the murderer (veteran German actor Peter van Eyck) and the teenage girl Candy (Mandy Miller) is so much fun you may forget the tragedy that drives it forward; luckily, we are reminded in the movie's final moments when a shocking, frustrating and liberating twist puts a twisted exclamation point on this little chiller. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis On the Italian coast, writer Paul Decker (Peter Van Eyck), who has grown unhappy in his marriage, executes what appears to be a perfect murder of his wife. Although Paul is believed to be writing a book in France, his stepdaughter, Candy (Mandy Miller), is sure that he murdered her mother, and suspects he also murdered her father years before. With the police unwilling to investigate any further, Candy sets out to confirm her suspicions and take Paul down herself.
Director
Guy Green
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 6, 2010
Runtime
1h 32m