“The Cat and the Canary”, directed by Radley Metzger

Movie, 1979

An odd, groaning, wooden grotesque film, masking elements of horror and mystery into an old fashioned house on a stormy night. The film would entirely crumble under the weight of its own cliches, were it not that there are conspicuously so many of them. Then there are the narrative switches and entirely predictable twists and a cast which stumbles, camp and embarrassed to be shuffling through such mush. A few great ideas, though they’re so far buried it’s almost impossible to pull them out.

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