Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I saw Curtis Harrington's Games (1967) on TV when I was a kid and it scared the hell out of me. It gave a glimpse into adult life, something that could apparently be even more bizarre than childhood! Never forgot it. 

Games. All the more interesting now after seeing the correspondence in basic story idea with Les Diaboliques (1954), a flick discussed in yesterday's post. What cements the deal is the reoccurrence of actor Simone Signoret. 

Striking in Games is the atmospheric use of Pop Art (like Roy Lichtenstein), which serves as a sort of Greek Chorus. 
Hard to believe, but even James Caan was once in his twenties. That's Katharine Ross on the left and Simone Signoret on the right. 

Two other films on TV that terrorized me as a kid: The Boston Strangler (1968; confusing because Tony Curtis was usually a nice guy in movies) and Crowhaven Farm (1970), a tale of reincarnation, modern witches and flashbacks to events in colonial Salem, Massachusetts. 
Happy Hallowe'en, folks!

Today's Rune: Fertility. 


Charles Gramlich said...

I've been able to avoid most aspects of adult life, but even my narrow brushes with it have been quite traumatic.

the walking man said...

You never watched Our Gang or the 3 Stooges did you?

jodi said...

Erik-Katherine Ross and James Caan can't be all bad. It's my goal to someday own a Lichtenstein or at least one of Niagra's!