Director: Robin Hardy
Writer: Anthony Shaffer
Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento
So this is one of those movies that I’ve been told over and over “See the original, it’s so much better than the remake” – and I’d been meaning to get around to it. Now, it does star the ever fabulous Christopher Lee, and that is a plus to any movie, so it did help encourage me to finally sit down and watch it.
I have seen the remake, but it’s been a while so it’s difficult to make a direct comparison. I will say at first when you’re watching the movie it’s difficult to determine if you’re watching a horror movie, or a musical. But the dedication to the religion of Summer Isle is rather astounding, and interesting to say the least. The beginning does drag a bit – and I have a sneaking suspicion that a portion of the reason that some people tell me that this original is so much better than the remake is the amount of nudity involved in it (meaning: a lot).
But all in all, it is a good movie once the action and intrigue get going, and one I would definite re-watch on occasion. So while age and a somewhat slower script bog it down, it earns a respectable three out of five bloody kitties.