The rhythm of it is familiar, hypnotic, like a Twilight Zone episode or a campfire story. Almost didn't matter what the details were; just being swept up with it was satisfying. Brilliant locations, with images and edits that reminded me of Clouzot's L'Enfer. Plus, a detailed statement on the fate of the woman who dares not conform to gendered social roles, if you want it. 3.25
"My dear, you can't live in isolation from the human race, you know." For a B movie this film packs in the references and harbingers: European art house stylings, particularly hints of Antonioni and even Bergman; an outsider narrative of 50s and 60s social realism and a macabre off kilter version of everyday small town settings that is now a commonplace. The roundelay dance of the souls is also a sight to behold.
A death dance, in the throes of purgatorial disconnect. The draw being in the way its amateur qualities only enhance that disconnect, vaguely conveying any real sense of the living. Startling images of the ballroom, Hilligoss' unnerving presence. I've always wanted something that depicted death's shadow in the manner of Slint's Breadcrumb Trail.
Hilligoss' normal psych is never congealed with her waking nightmare state, and the script even negates an emotional depth surrounding survivor guilt, at least, aside from the too clinical doctor scene. This makes its often copied twist more of a gimmick, and less of it naturally occurring from its character's shattered psychosis. Jacob's Ladder/The Sixth Sense and many other films would do this better.
I found this to be extremely watchable for an old b movie, if not outright enjoyable. The black and white photography was really nice, as well as the editing. It's hard to find it really scary with some of the horror masterpieces that succeeded it in the last decades, yet it does well as a mystery movie. Good use of little money.
Classic case of asexual bratty woman in dire need of sex. "little gem"...hmmm maybe not. For me, the plot was a bit predictable. However, that might be becuase I've seen so many different variations of the plot created after this. SO I guess this wins a trail blazing badge. Cinematography was good. But if that's all that can carry a film it means it's dry. I suppose it's worth a watch though.
An ambiguously framed political abstraction centered around a free-thinking, independently minded woman. The action entails the heroine gradually being ostracized by the people around her until she's only regarded by the dead. Plus it's chockfull of gorgeous shots, depicting the lead behind fenced doors, going down narrow one-way streets, etc. It's a Hell of a movie.