**1/2. Maybe, it was the bad DVD transfer but I wasn't fully enthralled by this Ulmer movie. I even liked better the Bertrand Tavernier analysis of Strange Illusion found in the bonus section. A curious object nevertheless; for instance, I can't think right now of another movie ending with a dream.
Solid 'B' thriller from director Ulmer that tells a fairly exciting story not so far removed from 'Hamlet'. A young man has a vision that his father's death was no accident and that a strange man has designs on his mother. On his return home he finds many elements of his dream slowly coming true and a devious psychiatrist comes into the mix as well. Ulmer always had a knack for this kind of material.
Through an almost unwatchably dark print this is one of Ulmer's strangest, twisted, Freudian films that could do with major restoration. A nightmare labyrinth when dreams become real: the son of a recently widowed woman attempts to to stop a lascivious homicidal maniac from marrying the woman. The film chokes B-noir with its Schumann concerto scoring and evil, shadowy atmosphere.