The Ghoul (15) ★★★★ is the title of a sub-Hammer horror Seventies cheapie in which a young John Hurt’s vitals are so violently violated that he makes a face almost as pained as that of the viewer.
And it’s now the title of one of the most challenging Britflicks in years – a modernist murder mystery with gothic undertones.
It starts with a weirdo domestic killing. A couple have been gunned down – yet forensics insist that they kept on moving towards their murderer after the shots were fired.
The investigation leads undercover detective Chris (Tom Meeten) to the offices of a shrink (Niamh Cusack), where he feigns mental illness in the hope of learning more about one of her patients.
Or does he? Could it be that Chris is feigning being a cop and is in fact genuinely batso? I couldn’t possibly say, largely because I don’t have a clue… More ghostly noir with
The Marker (15) ★★★. Frederick Schmidt plays the Dickensianly named Marley, a villain fresh out of prison, determined to hunt down the girl whose mother he killed and… look after her.
Justin Edgar’s picture is a grim and grimy experience that left me wanting a hot bath. But it’s worth sticking with for John Hannah, cast against type as a murderous heavy, in what ought to have been called Four Woundings And A Funeral. It’s a good week for oldies. See No Evil (15) ★★★★ comes from the pen of Avengers creator Brian Clemens. Mia Farrow is a blind girl who returns home and gradually realises what we can plainly see – that her family has been slaughtered. Terror ensues in this nicely effective 1971 chiller. With Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando and Angie Dickinson – Arthur Penn’s southern-fried drama The Chase (15) ★★★★★ is one star-studded movie. It’s a textbook example of ensemble acting, and depiction of America on the verge of apocalypse. A masterpiece.
Alice Lowe in The Ghoul