Demons of the Mind

Film, Horror

Time Out says

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.


Release details

89 mins

Cast and crew

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