Unman, Wittering and Zigo
September 5th 2006 09:18
This is a film that seems to be very much under the radar.
One late night, when I was probably on the dole and living off microwaved chips (now I have a job and live off microwaved chips), I was flicking through the channels and I came across this early 70s British film. It hooked me right in... it was about this teacher (played by David Hemmings before he went to seed) at an all-boys school who is told on his first day by his students that he had best let them do whatever they like or that he will wind up dead like his predecessor.
The rest of the film follows a very creepy and downright scary cat-and-mouse game between the teacher and the students... they prove to him that they aren't lying, he tries to resist giving in to their disturbing tactics, they try to involve his wife, etc, etc.
If you do manage to find this (and I haven't been able to, so I don't hold out too much hope for you) make sure you watch it right up to the very, very end (yes, I mean the credits too!) because the end is quite shocking and it really made an impact on me when I first saw it about four years ago. It still remains with me today as one of the most truly frightening psychological horror films I've ever seen, and the credits add to this. It's a very well-written and acted film too. I think it might be based on a play.
I've never seen another film like it.
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