A potential classic of lurid Brit depravity sadly let down by embarrassingly inappropriate music and by a gang of naff characters randomly introduced in the last 20 minutes. I felt sorry for Peter Cushing and Sue Lloyd who both gave deliriously excellent performances.
The idea that this expands upon or re-envisions Eyes Without A Face in any way, shape or form is ludicrous. It is one of the most singularly boring films I've ever watched. It's a shame, because it does have quite a lot going for it, but this is why it also has no excuse for being so abysmal. It's really like Austin Powers: The Horror Film, but that makes it sound like fun. Couldn't wait for it to be over. 1 Star
CORRUPTION (1968) aka CARNAGE aka LASER KILLER is a lurid variant on EYES W/OUT A FACE (1960), with 55-year-old Peter Cushing as the obsessed lover of a swinging British girl (Sue Lloyd) nearly two decades his junior. When she is disfigured in a tragic modeling accident, Sir John (Cushing) loses his head -- and so do a few others. Over-the-top classic that's must viewing for Hammer fans. (9/16/11 on TCM Underground)
The story may be familiar, but this treatment is headlined by Peter Cushing, in top form as always, and kept moving with a kitschy energy and offbeat dark humor, leading to a wild climax involving an out-of-control laser. Great entertainment for B-horror fans.