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#145 is a film that was lost for over 50 years until a subtitled print was unearthed and restored recently. Private Property (1960) was directed by Leslie Stevens, creator of the original Outer Limits and his then-wife Kate Manx was the female lead. Drifters Warren Oates (in a very early performance) and Corey Allen see Manx driving by and force businessman Jerome Cowan at knifepoint to follow her Corvette. When she arrives home, they scout out the house next door (empty) ...and decide to hang there and keep an eye on her. She's sexually repressed and almost never leaves her house without her husband's permission. When hubby is away on business, Allen says he's a gardener who wants to work for her. They are allowed in the house - and that's when things get weird and scary. This low budget movie pulls off some uncomfortable moments with the George-and-Lenny-type pair and this unaware woman who has no idea what she's gotten herself into. Private Property is disturbing and uncomfortable with some marvelous camera angles and beautiful black-and-white cinematography. The homoeroticism between Oates and Allen portrayed here was unheard of on film in 1960 and no doubt was a big reason this film could not get a proper release. A unique film for its era, Private Property is now on DVD and very much deserves a look.

TLA one-word review: creepy

PRIVATE PROPERTY (1960)

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