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The Kneale Tapes

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“Not suitable for children, or those of you who may have a nervous disposition.”

The Kneale Tapes, a documentary about British science fiction screenwriter Nigel Kneale.

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July 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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Beasts

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Pauline Quirk in 'Special Offer'

Pauline Quirk in 'Special Offer'

Beasts is a series of plays with a horror theme written by Nigel Kneale, most famous for originating Quatermass. I’ve know about them for some time and their release on DVD gave me an opportunity to see if they are as good as their reputation. On the whole they do hold up well, given some consideration that they were made back in a time when special effects were not so special; plus the direction can be pedestrian and acting a bit over the top at times. But though things might be a bit creaky round the edges they do hold up well. Things actually work best when things are left more to the viewers imaginations, as is often the case with very low budget horror, such as the episode ‘Special Offer’. A very young looking Pauline Quirk plays a check-out assistant in a small supermarket who thinks she keep seeing the supermarket’s mascot, a rabbit-like animal, Billy. As she is disbelieved and sees the manager flirting with a pretty rival the appearances of Billy start to have a physical effect with cans flying off the shelves. The viewer never actually seems Billy and whole thing is an interesting investigation of poltergeist activity in a ‘modern’ setting (thought the supermarket will look very old-fashioned to modern eyes).

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June 30, 2009 at 11:05 am