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Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman and she is killed, they are obvious suspects. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other? Third, when a young politician is terribly hurt by the arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lord Mountdrago, he uses Mountdrago's dreams to get revenge. Written by
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THREE CASES OF MURDER is a fun if little known British horror
anthology, consisting of three stories all linked by murder and
mysterious death. This is very much a cosy little production in which
the horror and fantastic elements are played down, but it does share
stylistic similarities with the likes of the Ealing classic DEAD OF
NIGHT. It's much tamer than the later Amicus anthologies.
As ever, the quality of the stories is mixed, with the first being the
best. The main character is the curator of an art gallery who learns of
the mysterious background of a particularly atmospheric painting of a
spooky old house. He visits the house itself and the sinister
occupiers, as well as the artist, only to learn of a terrifying secret.
This story boasts strong acting and some great visuals and it's the
highlight of the film - and the most supernatural.
The second story is the weakest of the trio and also instantly
forgettable. A couple of guys are accused of the murder of a girl, and
each provides an alibi for the other. The characters are weak and
unmemorable and nothing much happens. The third story is dominated by
the presence of star Orson Welles who brings a ton of bluster and
charisma to his role of the unpleasant House of Lords member who finds
himself haunted by a rival in his dreams. It's essentially an extension
of the whole Macbeth/Banquo angle yet Welles makes it his own and lifts
the material considerably. The humour might be a bit too broad here but
it's a nice way to end a fun and atmospheric little production.
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