A professor (Boris Karloff) invents a mind-control device and can control a young British man, Mike (Ian Ogilvy).
From the director of The Witchfinder General (even though this precedes that), this is another atmospheric British horror. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much. I went into this film with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised as to how good it was.
It is perhaps a merit of 1960s horror that it doesn’t really need jump cuts and every flash bang wallop in the book to create suspense and thrill. The acting is top-notch, even among the secondary characters. Boris Karloff was masterful and was surprisingly sympathetic as a character. Ian Ogilvy was interesting and it shows he had more scope as an actor, even if the characterization is only rudimentary.
This film certainly exposed the danger of youth culture, music, drugs and free love. Of course, such films should be watched for the enjoyment of it without the need to try and glean any sort of meaning from it. I did enjoy the party scenes as it was a time of a cultural boom and it looked rather fun.
A surprisingly good film, it is worth a watch if you are a fan of the 1960s, or of British horror movies. It certainly shows the talent of the director, Michael Reeves, who died in 1969.
MY RATING: **** / *****