Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Inn of the Damned (1975)

Director: Terry Bourke

Writer: Terry Bourke

Composer: Bob Young

Starring: Judith Anderson, Alex Cord, Michael Craig, Joseph Furst, Tony Bonner, John Meillon, John Morris, Robert Quilter

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Murder... Mystery... Madness...

Plot: A sheriff investigates why the guests at a secluded hostelry check in, but never check out.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Hmmmm.  I bet this looked a lot better on paper.  In execution, it loses something.  It feels like it was made by a first time director/writer but it's Bourke's fourth or fifth picture.  Bourke adds odd bits of out and out comedy every once in a while and it's completely against the tone of the film.  The music doesn't help, either.  Young composed a nice main theme in the vein of a Spaghetti Western but much of the rest of the score doesn't quite hit the right beats.  Part of it is the orchestration.  Maybe the music budget suffered.  Alex Cord does a fine job and some of the photography looks good but it's the pacing and overall lack of suspense that brings the picture down.  Add some very nice nudity to the plus column.

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