THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#40 CRESCENDO (1970)







We've run through a LOT of award-winning films lately. Well, #40 is not an Oscar-nominated film. Not even close. It's a 1970 horror/thriller no one's ever heard of called Crescendo. This was an attempt by Hammer Films to get back in the horror game (Hammer had a great run in the 60s) with this film, originally written for Joan Crawford. She turned it down. So a script rewrite finds gorgeous American music student Stefanie Powers traveling to the south of France to stay wi...th the family of late composer Henry Ryman, who is currently decomposing. She'll do her thesis on his works and be exposed to his music, his papers - and his batsh*t crazy family! Georges (a brooding, balding James Olson) is in a wheelchair due to a mysterious accident. He has dreams where he is with a mysterious woman but then is stalked by a man wielding a shotgun - himself! Margaretta Scott is Danielle, Georges' mother, who administers some "medicine" to Georges when he gets especially freaky. And I haven't even told you about the mousy yet sexy maid (Jane Lapotaire) who just can't keep her clothes on. Or the sinister manservant (Joss Ackland). It's all set in the Ryman villa which features an inviting swimming pool. Well, inviting til the corpses pile up in it. Crescendo isn't exactly a great movie, but the plot and the performances will move you along because it's so quirky - and Powers (of Hart to Hart fame years later) is not only good in her role, she's simply stunning and hard to take your eyes off. This is the uncut international print - beware the heavily edited TV print that loses, among other things, Powers' topless scene. Available via Warner Archive, always a treasure trove of forgotten films.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? She has learned to appreciate the odd, the offbeat, the wacky offerings of cinema over the years. So I'd say yep.