PETER FULLER picks five unforgetable Ray Milland horrors from the 1960s and 1970s
The Premature Burial (1962)
A shocker rather than a chiller, director Roger Corman conjures up some colourful, cobwebbed Poe atmosphere with swirling mists, petrified corpses and dank atmospheric suspense; and Milland’s dream sequence is genuinely frightening.
Read full The Premature Burial (1962) review here
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
King of the B-s director Roger Corman excelled himself with this allegorical sci-fi thriller about medical researcher Dr Xavier (Ray Milland) inventing a serum to improve the capacity of the human eye, and took the top honours at the 1963 Trieste Science Fiction Film Festival as a result.
Read full X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) review here
From Ssssnake to Squirm to Day of the Animals, man took quite a beating from nature in the cinema of 1970s, but this is one of the best eco-horror films of the era; a compelling tale that’s both a disquieting vision of what might just happen and an allegory in the manner of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Read full Frogs (1972) review here
The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
They grafted a white bigot’s head onto a soul brother’s body and, boy, are they in deep trouble!’ was how the movie posters read for this wacky 1970s blaxploitation horror spoof. Coming a year after the all-white The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (also from American International Pictures), this is a tongue-in-cheek laugh riot.
Read full The Thing with Two Heads (1972) review here
The House on Nightmare Park (1973)
Delightfully old-fashioned comedy thriller starring British comedy legend Frankie Howerd. As fifth-rate entertainer Foster Twelvetrees, Howerd revels in the chance to mix chuckles with chills when he is invited out by the mysterious Stuart Hendersen (Ray Milland) to give a performance for his weird family at his stately home, which proves to be as gloomy as it is grandiose.
Read Spooky Isles’ full The House on Nightmare Park (1973) here
The Uncanny (1977)
This horror anthology was an attempt to exploit the potential menace of the everyday cat, featuring veteran horror stars Ray Milland and Peter Cushing. Outdated and lacking originality, it’s poorly constructed and wastes both the talents of the star-studded cast and the poor moggies, who are treated merely as props – and are literally thrown at their intended victims.
Read full The Uncanny (1977) review here
PETER FULLER is a writer and sub-editor for some of the UK’s leading TV listings magazines. A big fan of Vincent Price since the age of eight, Peter runs The Sound of Vincent Price blog and website; and reviews classic, cult and contemporary films on his Kultguy’s Keep blog. Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kultguy and check out his blogs The Sound of Vincent Price and KultGuy’s Keep.