Starts out great, but becomes less focused & interesting with each passing segment. Some judicious editing (primarily of the talking heads) would certainly have helped.
The most interesting thing about this movie is how the "Extended Cut" is a totally different beast from the "Theatrical Version", with major changes to the premise and plot. The middle section is the same in the two versions, but it is sandwiched between a beginning & ending that are radically different. The supporting cast list isn't even the same.
I didn't find one version particularly better than the other -- they're both silly, mindless fun -- though the Theatrical has much stronger ties to the first film (as well as leaving the door wide open for yet another sequel).
Brutal, bleak, bloody, and brilliant.
If the sight of Vincent Price in period costume leads you to think this is just another campy, '60s drive-in horror pic, you could not be more wrong. There are no pits or pendulums here, no masques of Red Death, no Houses of Usher. In fact, despite the title, there is nothing supernatural in this movie at all. The only horrors present are those of religious fanaticism and sexual sadism.
Personally, I see the film…
Though relatively unknown today, this is one of THE great British films, worthy of standing alongside those of Lean, Reed, and Hitchcock.
It starts out innocently enough but grows progressively darker, with chilling touches of obsession, madness, and the supernatural. Where it ends up must have blown audiences away back in 1949 (and is still quite powerful today).
Terrific performances all around: From Valerie Hobson as the coldly materialistic mother; John Mills as the kindly but complicit handyman; and John…