Paranoiac (1963) Review

paranoiacWhen most people think of Hammer Films, they’ll remember Christopher Lee as Dracula or Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. Hammer Horror is practically a genre in and of itself. But, Hammer Studios made more than just updated (for their time) versions of classics like Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Mummy. They created a few psychological thrillers of note as well. Paranoiac is one of them.

Simon Ashby (Oliver Reed) is about to gain full control over his deceased parents’ estate. Frustrated that the monthly allowance he receives from the executor of the estate until he is of legal age cannot keep up with his love of fast cars, hard booze, and fast women, Simon becomes even more distraught when a man claiming to be his older brother, Tony (Alexander Davion), appears at the Ashby mansion. If the man is Tony, then he will gain control of the family trust and Simon will not be able to continue the lavish lifestyle to which he’s become addicted.

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