13 April 2019

Review: Deadly Strangers (1974)


Deadly Strangers is a film desperately in need of an official release. I originally caught the film on a late night television broadcast many, many years ago and spent forever trying to find out what it was and then trying to locate a copy. Finally, thanks to a friend who found a DVD copy of dubious origin on ebay (taken from an old VHS recording of the same television broadcast) I was able to reacquaint myself with this British road-movie-come-psychological-thriller. So was it worth the time and effort? Well, let's talk about the plot first.

Hayley Mills plays a young girl who having missed her train manages to hitch a ride by a good-looking but somewhat mysterious young man. As their jouney begins the radio announces that a dangerous psychopath has escaped from a local mental institution...

Deadly Strangers is just as I remembered it. A cracking cat and mouse tale with a great twist at the end. Though difficult to judge the technical merits of the film via the murky copy I have, I would not hesitate to recommend this to fans of Seventies British thrillers. Please, please, please can someone track down a decent print and get this released!
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