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Corruption

  • Horror
  • 1968
  • Robert Hartford-Davis
  • 90 mins
  • X

Summary

A doctor goes to extreme lengths--even murder--to restore the badly burned face of his fiancée.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Unanimously slated by the press as cheap and nasty when it was first shown, this horrific thriller is actually a minor masterpiece of Grand Guignol and far and away underrated director Robert Hartford-Davis's best film. Similar in theme, if not in style, to Georges Franju's Eyes without a Face, it stars Peter Cushing as a surgeon, who goes to desperate lengths to get the pituitary glands he needs to restore fiancée Sue Lloyd's disfigured face. Cushing and Lloyd both throw themselves into their roles with gusto and are aided by a fast-moving script from the director's regular writers, Donald and Derek Ford. Released in other countries as Laser Killer, though with more graphic material, the final scene remains one of the most demented ever filmed.

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Credits

Cast

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Sir John RowanPeter Cushing
Lynn NolanSue Lloyd
Steve HarrisTrevor Trevarthen
Val NolanKate O'Mara
GroperDavid Lodge
Mike OrmeAnthony Booth
TerryWendy Varnals
RikBilly Murray
KateVanessa Howard

Crew

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DirectorRobert Hartford-Davis

Details

Theatrical distributor
Titan Film Dists Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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