|SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (director/writer: Bryan Forbes; screenwriter: based on the novel by Mark McShane; cinematographer: Gerry Turpin; editor: Derek York; music: John Barry; cast: Kim Stanley (Myra), Richard Attenborough (Bill), Judith Donner (Amanda), Mark Eden (Mr. Clayton), Nanette Newman (Mrs. Clayton), Gerald Sim (Beedle), Ronald Hines (Policeman); Runtime: 115; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Richard Attenborough/Bryan Forbes; Artixo; 1964-B&W-UK)|
engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story."
by Dennis Schwartz
Forbes ("The Stepford Wives"/"The Naked
Face"/"Better Late Than Never") is the writer-director
of this creepy but engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense
story. It's based on the novel byMark
London suburbanite Kim Stanley plays an unscrupulous
and mentally unstable professional medium. She talks
her brow-beaten and downtrodden husband (Richard
Attenborough) into kidnapping a wealthy
industrialist's daughter so she can become celebrated
in her field and financially rewarded as the psychic
who found the child. Kim tries to contact the other
world through her stillborn son, in her fake medium
skillfully executed and chillingly atmospheric, it's
overlong, too gloomy and the performances were too
mannered for my taste.
REVIEWED ON 10/24/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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