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Craze (1974)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1973
Running Times: 95 mins
Length: 8594 ft
Format: Technicolor     35mm
Ratio:
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Harbor Productions/Warner Brothers
Producer: Herman Cohen
Production Manager:
Jilda Smith

SCRIPT
Script: Aben Kandel, Herman Cohen
Story: Infernal Idol by Henry Seymour

DIRECTION
Director: Freddie Francis
Assistant Director: Peter Saunders

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: John Wilcox

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Henry Richardson

MUSIC
Music: John Scott

SOUND
Sound Recordist: Ken Ritchie
Sound Editor: Mike Le Mare

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: George Provis
Set Decorator: Helen Thomas

CAST
Jack Palance (Neal Mottram)
Diana Dors (Dolly Newman)
Julie Ege (Helena)
Edith Evans (Aunt Louise)
Hugh Griffith (solicitor)
Trevor Howard (Superintendent Bellamy)
Michael Jayston (Detective Sergeant Wall)
Suzy Kendall (Sally)
Martin Potter (Ronnie)
Percy Herbert (Detective Russet)
David Warbeck (Detective Wilson)
Kathleen Byron (Muriel Sharp)
Venecia Day (girl dancer)
Marianne Stone (barmaid)
Dean Harris (Ronnie's friend)
Christopher Banks (burial minister)
Anita Sharp-Bolster (Mary Lonsdale)
Frank Forsyth (Frank Trainer)
Barry McDermott (detective)

PLOT SUMMARY

An antiques dealer has become obsessed with the idol Chuko and presides over human sacrifices at his shrine built in the basement of his shop. Convinced that his recent good fortune has been thanks to Chuko, he continues to murder victims and hatches a plot to frighten a wealthy relative to death. But his alibi is going to rely on the evidence of a disgruntled former lover...

CAPSULE REVIEW

An entirely awful piece of old tat that wastes some interesting performers (Palance, Doors, Evans, Jayston, Kendall and Warbeck among others are worth more than this) and wastes an hour and a half of viewers' lives. Palance treats the ridiculous script with the contempt it deserves and goes completely over the top but even the meager comedy value his ranting offers wears thin very quickly.

AVAILABILITY

UK
Theatrical Distributor: EMI Distributors (on double bill with Cat at Mouse)

USA
Theatrical Release: Warner Brothers
Video Distributors: Saturn Video; VCR Video

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Germany
Rating: 18

UK
Rating: X

USA
Rating: R

TIMELINE

1973
February
19: UK - production starts

1974
March

11: UK - rated X by the BBFC

May
1: UK - registration screening, Theatre C, Film House, London
31: USA - press screening at the Academy Theatre, Los Angeles, California

June
2: UK - theatrical release (at the Astoria, London)

1988
March

2: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

1991
January

14: UK - television broadcast (on Thames Television)

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Il buio macchiato di rosso - Italian title
Craze - Dämon des Grauens
- German title
Dämon des Grauens - German title
The Demon Master
The Infernal Idol
Locura - Spanish title
Syalenstwo - Polish title

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

CinemaTV Today no.10020 (24 February 1973) p.11 (UK)
credits

CinemaTV Today no.10084 (25 May 1974) p.14 (UK)
review (by Marjorie Bilbow)

Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) pp.44-45 (UK)
credits, review

Halls of Horror no.27 p.18 (UK)
note

Hollywood Reporter vol.225 no.22 (9 March 1973) p.36 (USA)
credits

Hollywood Reporter vol.231 no.35 (4 June 1974) pp.3, 5 (USA)
credits, review (by Alan R. Howard)

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.485 (June 1974) p.123 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

TV Times 28 June - 4 July 1986 p.37 (UK)
review

Variety 12 June 1974 p.18 (USA)
credits, review (by Beau)

BOOKS

English Gothic p.218
review (by Jonathan Rigby)

The Horror Film Handbook
credits, review (by Alan Frank)

Ten Years of Terror pp.209-210
credits, review (by Harvey Fenton)

KEYWORDS

book into film, human sacrifices, idols

 


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