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1972 | 12 | Dual- format Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Robert Mulligan Cast: Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky, Uta Hagen Though it hinges on a twist almost immediately apprehensible for anyone with a keen observational eye, that doesn’t significantly detract from this slice of ’ 30s gothic, for The Other seems less concerned with tugging the rug from beneath your feet and more with conjuring a mood; with evoking a historical moment.
That moment being rural Connecticut in 1935. We follow young twins Niles and Holland ( Chris and Martin Udvarnoky, both are excellent) as they pinch preserves from a battleaxe neighbour, sneak into the freakshow at a travelling fair, and generally bugger about. But as the bodies stack up from unfortunate “accidents”, it becomes apparent that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Or rather, Holland…
As the story proceeds towards a shockingly grim conclusion, it’s left to the viewer to decide whether this is the tale of a bad seed or something supernatural. But what stays with you is the way director Robert Mulligan and cinematographer Robert Surtees – ably assisted by composer Jerry Goldsmith – paint a sun- dappled picture of the period, and its charming details: the bored gum- chewing of a magician’s assistant; a snatch of archaic lingo like, “he’ll have a conniption”. You probably won’t shiver with horror, but you will be transported to another time.
Extras: On the disc, just a trailer. A 36- page booklet consists mostly of an interesting 1972 interview with the director. Ian Berriman
Kerplunk never excited Kevin.