The Orchard End Murder (1981)

35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Christian Marnham.


Directed by: Christian Marnham
© MCMLXXXI [1981] by Marnham & Harvey Productions
Marnham & Harvey Productions Limited present
Produced by: Julian Harvey
Written by: Christian Marnham
Photographed by: Peter Jessop
Edited by: Peter Goddard
Music by: Sam Sklair
Sound Recordist: Neil Kingsbury
Make-up: Debbie Scragg
Production Designed by: Simon Haynes
Casting by: Astor Sklair

Bill Wallis (railway gatekeeper)
Tracey Hyde (Pauline Cox)
Clive Mantle (Ewen)
Raymond Adamson (Mr Wickstead)
Mark Hardy (Robins)
Cyril Cross (village policeman)
Jessie Evans (Mrs Trowel)
Mollie Maureen (old lady)
David Wilkinson (batsman)
Geoffrey Frederick (cricket captain)
Peter Hutchins (detective)
Alexander John (radio news reader)
Alan Neame (rector)


Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 n.577 (February 1982) p.31
Peter Jessop's carefully textured camerawork initially lends this mini-feature an edge of the picturesquely sinister. But the resolution of the anecdote is rather forced and anti-climactic, and some of the details (like the police searching the orchard at the dead of night) ring distractingly false. All the same, it represents a debut of some promise. – from a review by Tim Pulleine

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Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 n.577 (February 1982) p.31 – credits, synopsis, review (by Tim Pulleine)

Dead or Alive: British Horror Films 1980-1989 (festival edition) by Darrell Buxton (ed) pp.19-20 – credits, review (by Neil Pike)
English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby pp.273 – review