Let’s Kill Uncle (1966)

Article 2594 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-12-2008
Posting Date: 9-19-2008
Directed by William Castle
Featuring Nigel Green, Mary Badham, Pat Cardi
Country: UK/USA

A young boy loses his parents and inherits their fortune. He goes to live with an uncle on an island. However, the uncle has designs on the boy’s money, and plots to do away with him while making it look like an accident. The boy discovers the plot, and decides that the best way to save his own life is to kill his uncle first.

The acting is uneven and the pace isn’t always the best, but when William Castle is on his game, the fun factor is undeniable. Well, in this offbeat and somewhat lighthearted variation of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, he’s on his game, and it’s great fun watching the boy match wits with his uncle, whose seemingly friendly manner is offset by the fact that he’s a veteran who wrote a book called “Killing the Enemy”. The movie also features sharks, tarantulas, and a crippled man on a cart. It’s Castle’s light touch with this one that really makes it work.


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