A bored art-collecting Manhattan couple invite an interesting aging cosmetics saleswoman to enliven their dull lives by directing sex and death “games.” Featuring a corpse encased in plaster and displayed in the living room as art, and a triple-cross ending. —IMDb
Curtis Harrington (September 17, 1926 – May 6, 2007) was an American film and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television.
Harrington was born in Los Angeles and attended Occidental College and the University of Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a film studies degree.
He began his career as a film critic, writing a book on Josef von Sternberg in 1948. He directed several avant-garde short films in the 1940s and ‘50s, including Fragment of Seeking, Picnic, and The Wormwood Star (a film study of the artwork of Marjorie Cameron). Harrington worked with Kenneth Anger, serving as a cinematographer on Anger’s Puce Moment and acting in Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.
Harrington had cameo roles in films such as Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind and Bill Condon’s Gods and Monsters. (Harrington knew James Whale… read more
Somewhat predictable thriller with a couple of shocking, suspenseful moments and good performances from Signoret, Caan, and Ross. The movie really begins to drag after the first half hour and doesn't recover until near the end. The best thing about it is the cinematography by William A. Fraker, who would later be nominated for six Oscars.