Death on the Fourposter (1964)

Article 1980 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-16-2006
Posting Date: 1-13-2007
Directed by Jean Jospivici and Ambrogio Molteni
Featuring John Drew Barrymore, Gloria Milland, Joe Atlanta

Several people gather together for a party at a castle. They hold a seance. A murder is predicted. A murder happens.

Personally, I’m a little reluctant to be harsh to this movie; my copy of the movie is in pretty bad condition and kept freezing up on me, and how can you really give a movie a fair shake when that happens? Still, what I did get out of this movie is that it is your basic “old dark house” thriller, with suspicious servants, seances, murders, secret passages, etc. About the biggest thing new that it adds to the recipe is an obsession with sex; part of the plot revolves around a pregnancy, and much of footage in the movie consists of women stripping down to their underwear. This latter element no doubt holds a great interest for many people, and I will admit that the emphasis on sex goes a long way towards holding your interest in the movie until the plot gets going at about the halfway mark. Still, the movie was a bit too ordinary in terms of plot to really make it anything special; for me, it was a clear case of “been there, done that”. Still, without a decent viewing, it is impossible to judge whether the pace and / or the ambiance was up to snuff, and these aspects could make a great deal of difference in my enjoyment of the final product. So I’m going to write this one off as something of a question mark, though not a particularly promising one at this point.


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