Corruption

Corruption ★★★★

A brilliantly odd mix of Hammer/Amicus horror, grimy and realistic brutality and disco lunacy, this really is something to behold.......

Peter Cushing is a groovy surgeon in London who, after a bout of jealous fisticuffs with an Austin Powers-a-like, inadvertently scars his model fiancee. A few experiments later sees some modern scientific gubbins from a rat heal her scars.....but not for long. And wouldn't you know it, only fresh scientific gubbins from a buxom young woman will do the trick. Cue a spree of sadistic decapitations, foppish home invasion and a jazz disco with a surgical laser as Cushing turns murderous fashionista across the south coast of Blighty.......

Its just nuts. The first two acts are as you were - Cushing cuckolded by the increasingly insane Sue Lloyd into some really quite grim murders......I'll certainly never set foot in a second class carriage on a British Rail train again. They're rough, they're very un-Peter Cushing and have a real sense of grottiness to them. Even when relocating to the holiday cottage on the coast and a saucy young hitchhiker comes into their plans, that same sense of griminess, together with Cushing's dayglo outfits and hilariously upbeat jazz score, pervades......

.......until the most brilliantly louche home invaders, including Billy Murray from The Bill, come a calling and all kinds psychadelic hell breaks loose once the surgical laser synchs up with the jazz soundtrack for the disco from hell at the film's finale. Its almost bafflingly insane but superbly so, a true oddity that tries to bring a dose of more modern horror into the British genre and obviously not quite knowing how to do it. If only we'd had more hilarious genre jams such as this.......

Equally grotty and groovy.

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