Something Weird (1967)

Article #1460 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-14-2005
Posting Date: 8-11-2005
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Featuring Tony McCabe, Elizabeth Lee, William Brooker

After he is mutilated by a freak electrical accident, a man develops ESP. He then makes a pact with an ugly witch to be her lover if she helps him recover his looks. He then gets involved in an investigation of a serial killer.

Them as wants to see a Herschell Gordon Lewis movie minus the gore that was his hallmark are hereby directed this way. Maybe he thought he had enough exploitation elements already; this movie has psychic powers, martial arts, ugly witches (who look beautiful to all but their lovers), psychotic killers, LSD drug trips, haunted chapels and killer blankets. The acting is pretty good by Herschell Gordon Lewis standards, which is just my way of saying that it’s godawful but is generally better than the acting in BLOOD FEAST. The movie does live up to its title, though; whatever else you can say about it, the movie is certainly weird. The story itself is better than usual, but it was written by someone other than Lewis. I could pick at this one all day, but why bother? I will make a couple of observations though. One is that when people grow old, their whole bodies age, not just their heads, which is my way of saying that the hag has a surprisingly sturdy and young pair of legs. My other observation is that it’s very hard to make killer inanimate objects very scary, but you could go a long ways to overcoming this difficulty by choosing something other than a blue blanket.


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