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      Twisted Nerve

      1968 1h 53m Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 65% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A troubled young man with an alternate personality goes on a killing spree after the girl he likes distances herself from him. Read More Read Less

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      Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …deserves to be considered within the mores of the time, which are depicted in all their primitive fearfulness here… Rated: 4/5 Nov 30, 2023 Full Review Michelle Kisner The Movie Sleuth Roy Boulting's film, at its heart, ultimately feels sorry for the protagonist. Jul 31, 2023 Full Review Steve Weber Kansas City Star There are only so many ways one can conceive of and plot heinous crimes and execute them in all their gore, so that many times offerings of this type seem belabored and unimaginative. Aug 19, 2021 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator The real trouble is not that the film is horrific, but that its notion of shock value seems so blatantly calculated in their and so lame, decrepit and unalparming in practice. Sep 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Is Hayley Mills a giallo queen? Let's examine the evidence: She's in the Agatha Christie movies Endless Night and Appointment with Death, as well as the Sidney Hayers psychological thriller Deadly Strangers. Heck, That Darn Cat! has a lot of elements of confused identity and mishearing critical evidence. You know, if The Parent Trap was slightly askew, you could see its tale of twins who never knew the other existed uniting to ruin relationships as an Italian thriller. The jury is out on Ms. Mills being a giallo star — maybe if she'd made a voyage to Italy at some point — but Twisted Nerve really feels like it could fit into the post-Bava pre-Argento world of detective movies that were coming out of that country. Martin Durnley (Hywel Bennett, who was also in Endless Night and The Family Way with Mills) is a rich young man with an invalid brother and a mother who has moved on to her new husband. So what else does he have to do than to become someone else, the mentally challenged Georgie, and start shoplifting toys and acting like a child? Especially if it gains the interest of Susan? This movie pushes all the buttons, starting — instead of ending! — with a square up reel* that apologizes for suggesting that mentally retarded people are murderous. It then doubles down thanks to a scene where Martin sensually rubs his own chest while staring at a stack of male muscle magazines. And oh yeah — he's obsessed with Susan enough to stage this charade yet when her neglected mother attempts to Mrs. Robinson him, he dispatches her with an axe. There's also a shocking moment — for Susan — where Martin just casually disrobes in front of her and instead of her reacting with any arousal, she's just confused and perhaps even upset as his alien nature makes seeing him in a sexual manner incredibly strange. Yet even when he gets to touch her, it's as if he can't. Martin once had control over Georgie and thought it was all a ruse, but it looks like now he's lost control. I love that this movie has pretensions toward art. It quotes "Slaves" by George Sylvester Viereck — "No puppet master pulls the strings on high. Proportioning our parts, the tinsel and the paint. A twisted nerve, a ganglion gone awry predestinates the sinner and the saint." — while also keeping one foot firmly in the world of exploitation. I mean, the tagline is "Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl." Even if you haven't seen this movie, you may know its Bernard Herrmann score, which was whistled by Elle Driver as she attempted to kill The Bride in Kill Bill. *"In view of the controversy already aroused, the producers of this film wish to re-emphasise what is already stated in the film, that there is no established scientific connection between mongolism and psychiatric or criminal behaviour." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review steve d An offensive and not quite effective horror film, only notable as a later Hayley Mills film. Rightfully nearly forgotten. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review delysid d cool psychopath movie Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/18 Full Review Audience Member I've had the theme song in my head ever since Kill Bill, Vol. 1. So I decided to check it out. It's not a bad film. It's certainly a hidden gem. Very disturbing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Not a well made film in any regards but a simple thriller that despite bad acting you still want to know what happens next. The story of a young boy clearly disturbed that bumps into a girl at a toy shop & gets a little fanatic. The actor who plays the young man is so bad that it's hard to connect with him, he is just so unbelievable. Halley Mills is great as the young girl being obsessed over & it's just a simple film that builds to a very tense climax. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Peculiar and (now) very un-PC thriller, well-acted but stagily directed. It's also very very slow: the denouement takes forever to arrive. Great Bernard Herrmann score, lifted by Quentin Tarantino for his Kill Bill. Hitchcock would have done it better. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A troubled young man with an alternate personality goes on a killing spree after the girl he likes distances herself from him.
      Director
      Roy Boulting
      Producer
      George W. George, Frank Granat
      Screenwriter
      Leo Marks, Roy Boulting
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 53m