Demons of the Mind

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Sykes' first feature, an exotic Wildean horror story, visually as extravagant and tantalising as a decadent painting: rose petals drop lightly over corpses, an emaciated and incestuous brother and sister communicate through a keyhole dividing their sickrooms, a father hunts and shoots his children in the woods. These are some of the surreal fragments around which the plot revolves, and the script by Christopher Wicking is a striking attempt to introduce new themes and ideas to British horror. Badly let down, though, by some grotesque overacting, notably from Hardy, who sabotages a key role by playing it as cod Shakespeare.

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Duration: 89 mins

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Director: Peter Sykes
Screenwriter: Christopher Wicking
Cast: Paul Jones
Gillian Hills
Robert Hardy
Michael Hordern
Patrick Magee
Shane Briant
Yvonne Mitchell
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