Thursday, November 12, 2009
It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed an obscure horror movie. Should you have Netflix Instant Watch, you can put "Doomwatch" in your queue. This 1972 British movie was surprisingly well done. I say surprisingly because some movies set a high standard in British horror in the 70s and some were mass-produced.
This movie had exactly the feel of “Wicker Man” about a strange and secretive British Isle and the plot line was like the 1979 movie “Prophecy” about toxic waste’s effects on nature.
A doctor goes to a British Isle to find it filled with secrets and some misshappen violent citizens. He decides to uncover what is going on and learns of toxic dumping affecting the food chain.
It’s worth the watch and has that suspenseful dark feel that makes you want to curl up on a rainy day and watch it back-to-back with “Rear Window.” That is, if you’re lucky enough to live where it rains! (I think we’ve gone since September without a drop!)
One of the favorite themes of 70s horror movies was angry nature turns on man/toxic environmental issues. If you liked this movie, my very favorites of the genre were “Prophecy (1979),” “Food of the Gods (1976),“ and “The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977).” There were also quite a few made-for-tv ones but my favorites were “Empire of the Ants (1977)” and “Day of the Animals (1977).”
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