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Returning to his country estate with his new bride, English nobleman Sir Richard Fordyce finds himself under suspicion from angry locals for the rape and brutal murder of a young girl. Despite Sir Richard’s professed innocence, a growing hysteria unfolds, as strange and even supernatural events begin to occur around him. With no one to turn to and his new wife threatening to shoot him, Sir Richard begins to question his own guilt... and sanity!
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The plot is standard Gothic stuff. An 18th century nobleman returns to his family estate only to be told that he's been there before and committed murder. He begins to see the ghost of his first wife and starts to doubt his own sanity. Meanwhile more murders are occuring. If you're a fan of Gothic literature you'll have a pretty good idea of how this all turns out but I won't spoil it for you. The film is beautifully shot which comes as no surprise since the cameraman is Peter Newbrook who would later direct the atmospheric Victorian shocker THE ASPHYX. The real surprise is that the director is Robert Hartford-Davis who would go on to make CORRUPTION and BLOODSUCKERS (INCENSE FOR THE DAMNED) two very different films in terms of style and content. All were photographed by Newbrook so there is that connecting thread. Although there are no major genre stars, the costumes are appropriate, the settings atmospheric (inside and out), and the music is effective. A good, old-fashioned Gothic thriller that really entertains if you're into this sort of thing. This Redemption DVD of BLACK TORMENT looks very good but I'm sure there's a better print out there somewhere.
Loaded with Hammer style atmosphere. Any fan of Hammer will want this in their collection. I am suprised I did not hear about this before but this is its first release on DVD. We do not get a 16x9 transfer here. Too bad as this movie deserves the best. Much too our suprise the print used is not too bad at all. It looks like a pretty clean theatrical print. Colors blur a bit and there is grain/minor print damage. The image did not stretch to the point of distraction at all on our 16x9 monitor. Actually I really liked the look of the film. It does not distract. This is how it would have looked on VHS orTV before DVD. We collectors have gotton spoiled on Anchor Bay and Blue Underground DVD releases using orignal negatives and elements on Hammer/horror releases. Hats off to them but Image has put out a solid product using a mid grade source. What is most important is this is a classic gothic story that stands up their with some of Hammers better work.
Sound is quite good in Mono. Clear and powerfull. Extras are some stills nothing of real note.
A welcome addition to our collection. Hammer fans take note.
One star taken off for the lack of anamorphic enhancement and lesser prints used. Total 4 stars..
This one is a dark drama and doesn't offer any humor. It's still great though and John Turner's character here reminds me quite a bit of the one he played in Behemoth the Sea Monster (1959) (another Compton Films production). If you like the other Robert Hartford-Davis (Incense for the Damned (1970), The Fiend (1972)) adaptations, don't miss this one.