‘Catacombs,’ directed by Gordon Hessler

Movie, 1965

Reasonably effective ghostly psychological thriller, in which some great ideas and scenes are set up, though the pay off isn’t always on the mark. A case, I guess, of a film nearly hitting heights, but not quite delivering. While the marriage at the centre of the story and the individual characters of husband and wife are wonderfully hammed up, the quickly developing relationship between uncle and niece feels a whole lot less convincing. There may, also, be one scene too many for the film to really best deliver atmosphere. A solid B-movie, with some good entertainment, although it’d be a long stretch to claim anything more.


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