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Jan 20, So, a shy mama's boy turns out to be a psychopathic killer. Sound familiar? It's a genuinely disturbing thriller on its own terms. Martin Durnley twitchy Hywel Bennett is an idle child of privilege, unable to settle on a life path. His mother indulges him, but his stepfather is impatient with his aimlessness.
Meanwhile, his mentally disabled brother somewhat callously has been sent to a care facility elsewhere. When Martin has a chance meeting with a beautiful library clerk Hayley Mills , he feigns being a childlike simpleton to win her empathy. He hatches a wicked scheme, convincing his parents that he's away in Paris while simultaneously worming his way into the home of Mills and her wealthy family.
Too bad he fails to mention his murderous tendencies to these new friends. Barry Foster also has a ball playing the mother's leering, parasitic suitor. The cast's weakest link is unfortunately its star, but Martin is such an unsubtle character that Bennett's abilities aren't much challenged. The bonus treat is composer Bernard Herrmann's maniacal whistling theme, which is so indelible that Quentin Tarantino borrowed it for "Kill Bill" decades later.
I was grinning throughout the whole film, relishing my mounting discomfort and wondering where the story would head. It's just too bad the movie's reputation is sullied by its distasteful stigmatization of "mongoloids," because there wasn't a desperate need to explain Martin's malady anyway. Some people are just born crazy -- leave it at that. And was that late bedpan gag really necessary? Eric B Super Reviewer.
Feb 04, Twisted Nerve doesn't seem to have a great reputation, and while the film like its lead character certainly does have some problems, I enjoyed this one in spite of them. The main problem people seem to have with this film so much so that the filmmakers actually had to tack on an apology before the film starts!
This idea is somewhat silly and I can see why it would bother some people; but seriously, this is just a thriller and while the idea is unlikely and misguided, it didn't bother me too much. It also should be noted that 'nurture' plays a big part in the lead character's mental health problems. The film focuses on Martin Durnley. His mother treats him like a child, his stepfather dislikes him and his mongoloid brother is institutionalised.
He meets a young girl named Susan Harper, who takes pity on him or rather, his alternative personality 'Georgie' after a shoplifting incident. But this soon leads to obsession for the troubled young man If you go into this film expecting something deep or brilliant, you will be disappointed. As mentioned, the point that the film tries to make is not well imposed and not much else about the film has any depth.
Still, as a thriller it works well. The main influence for the film is clearly Hitchcock's masterpiece 'Psycho' and the two share a lot in common. The central character is interesting for the fact that he's so strange. Hywel Bennett really succeeds in creating a character that is both bizarre and completely sinister. The supporting cast isn't as great in terms of performances, but the two leading ladies are much nicer to look at. Hayley Mills delivers the typical young British female lead, while Billie Whitelaw is the real standout for me as the young girl's mother.
Twisted Nerve also features a memorable tune, and possibly takes influence from Fritz Lang's M as the lead character often whistles it. The film flows well throughout and delivers the intrigue from the character actions and the situation rather than through suspense.
I can see why this film is not often hailed as a classic; but if you're looking for an interesting watch and don't care about some silly ideas, Twisted Nerve comes recommended. Cassandra M Super Reviewer. Oct 31, Martin is a schizophrenic who adopts the charming personality of a six year old when he wants to win favor with those around him.
However, he also has a dangerous alter-ego who cannot deal with his unrequited love for Susan Harper played with considerable charm by Hayley Mills , a young woman whose attempts to assist Martin are misconstrued as a love interest. When he fails to win her over, he enacts a scheme that has devastating consequences. He begins to stalk Susan, then shows up at her mother's home and convinces her to take him in as a lodger.
The mother, wonderfully played by Billie Whitelaw, has no idea of the horror her compassion is about to unleash. Director Roy Boulting, in his first attempt to break free of the more established Boulting Brothers comedy productions, succeeded admirably with this adult orientated psycho-drama. With a running time just short of 2 hours, it has been criticised, rather unfairly in my opinion, as being too long.
The film does have a leisurely pace for this type of story but it only helps to enhance characterizations and build suspense. Twisted Nerve is politically incorrect, especially by today's standards, though it was criticized even in its day for simplifying the link between mental disorders and homicidal acts. Perhaps for this reason, the movie has received little attention since its initial release inWatch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer You are a chainsaw through my heart Ripping right through me from the start You make me go crazy all night long I need you so bad, I know it's gotta be wrong You get on my nerves, you make me so mad It's times like these that I just can't stand You're so far away and I can't hurt you now I guess I'll just use myself like I know.