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Simon is crazy, but he's still interesting.
on March 14, 2000
This story revolves around a young girl who may be crazy and her alchoholic brother. Their parents died years ago in a plane crash and their older brother Tony is believed to have committed suicide when he was a child. Then a man shows up claiming to be Tony because he says he faked his suicide and ran away. His sister believes him, but everyone else has their doubts. Then it looks like someone is trying to commit murder and no one is certain who is sane and who is not. I had always heard this film was just average, but I think it is above average. There are some suspenseful moments here and there, good photography and the cast is overall solid. Oliver Reed is actually exceptional in his role, probably his best performance with Hammer. The film could have been improved by not playing their hand so soon, in that they revealed too much too soon. The film would have benefitted by being patient and building a mysterious mood for most of the film, instead we see one mysterious scene followed directly by a scene that reveals what is going on. Not perfect, but fairly interesting to watch late at night.