17 April 2014

Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969)
108 min.
Directed by Mark Robson.
With Carol White, Paul Burke, Mala Powers, Scott Hylands, James Sikking, Walter Brooke, Matilda Calnan, Gene Lyons, Dennis Patrick, Barry Cahill.
Virtually flawless thriller that clearly functions as a prototype for later psycho/revenge vehicles such as Play Misty for Me (1971) and Fatal Attraction (1987).

Pretty Cathy (White) meets seemingly charming Kenneth (Hylands) upon her arrival in San Francisco and the two begin an affair. But the new couple's relationship begins to quickly sour...at the same time Cathy learns she's pregnant.

Aborting the child, Cathy begins life anew and marries politician-on-the-rise Burke. But ultra wacko Kenneth will stop at nothing to avenge the death of his child...blackmail, kidnapping...and murder.

Robson directed several Val Lewton-produced thrillers in the 1940s, including Bedlam (1946) and Isle of the Dead (1945), and here he clearly uses that experience to full effect.

Tension-filled and effective, with Hylands first rate as the delusional psycho. Great climax atop the San Francisco skies...

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