Paranoiac (1963)
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: UK | Director: Freddie Francis
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 80mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 1.54gb

Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London. One day, Ashby’s long lost brother mysteriously arrives at the house. But is everything as it seems?

Director Freddie Francis, working from a clever and twist-ridden script by Jimmy Sangster, maintains a steady pace throughout, ably creates an edgy atmosphere of seething guilt and suffocating paranoia, and relates the involving story in a pleasingly straightforward manner. The excellent supporting cast are another significant asset: Sheila Burrell as the kindly, concerned Aunt Harriett, Liliane Brousse as Simon’s gorgeous mistress Francoise, John Stuart as loyal butler Williams, and Maurice Denham as uptight family lawyer John Kossett. Arthur Grant’s polished black and white cinematography, Elisabeth Lutyens’ moody orchestral score, and the rousing macabre conclusion are all up to par. As usual, it’s Reed’s brooding and explosive acting that really makes this picture so enjoyable and hence well worth a look.


Paranoiac (1963)