THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE
DOCTEUR JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES
1981, 92 min, France/Germany, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

Udo Kier stars as Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous doctor, who is about to marry Miss Fanny Osborne (Marina Pierro). At the pair’s high-society engagement party, a guest is found murdered - and with Mr. Hyde on the prowl, she won’t be the last victim. The great score by Bernard Parmegiani and Borowczyk’s rich Victorian production design lends this mix of horror and sadistic sex a nightmarish atmosphere. With Patrick Magee and Howard Vernon. In French with English subtitles.


THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
1968, Disney, 127 min, USA, Dir: William Friedkin

Based on Harold Pinter’s celebrated play, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY stars the great Robert Shaw as Stanley, the put-upon tenant - with the menacingly enigmatic Patrick Magee and Sydney Tafler as the unwelcome strangers out to make Shaw’s barely marginal life a perfect hell. An underrated master of adapting stage drama to film (see THE BOYS IN THE BAND), Friedkin pushes Pinter’s savage material to the limit here, creating an unnerving sense of despair and paranoia.


MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
1964, MGM Repertory, 89 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

The most visually hypnotic of Roger Corman’s celebrated Edgar Allan Poe cycle, MASQUE stars the wonderful Vincent Price as Prospero, a sadistic medieval prince who holes up in his labyrinthine castle as a refuge against the terrible plague stalking the countryside. With Hazel Court, Jane Asher and Patrick Magee. Superb cinematography by future director Nicolas Roeg (DON’T LOOK NOW, WALKABOUT).


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