23 November 2014

Ten Little Indians (1965)
92 min.
Directed by George Pollock.
With Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Leo Genn, Stanley Holloway, Wilfred Hyde-White, Daliah Lavi, Dennis Price, Christopher Lee.
Excellent second film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1939 novel And Then There Were None.

This one benefits from a likeable cast and the atmospheric setting in an Alpine village.

A group of ten people are invited by a mysterious figure known only as Mr. U.N. Owen to spend the weekend at his remote mountaintop mansion.

Soon after the guests arrive, they discover they've been assembled in order that they might pay for past crimes in which they were involved...with their own lives!

One by one, the accused begin to die at the hands of an unseen assailant. Could the self-appointed vigilante killer be one of their own group? If so, who could it be?

We're not telling.

Although the 1945 version And Then There Were None - starring Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald - stands as the definitive telling of Christie's classic novel, this one is still a lot of fun, thanks to a few feisty performances, including a funny turn by Daliah Lavi as a Sophia Loren-type actress.

Listen for Christopher Lee as the (uncredited) voice of Mr. Owen.

Yes, Ms. Christie was way ahead of the Friday the 13th crowd, this clearly one of the best early slasher prototypes. Just add gore and stir.

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