Wicked, Wicked

Country:  USA
Genre:Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Rating:7.0  Rate
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DirectorRichard L. Bare
Selected CastDavid Bailey as Rick Stewart
 Tiffany Bolling as Lisa James
 Randolph Roberts as Jason Gant
 Scott Brady as Police Sgt. Ramsey
 Edd Byrnes as Henry Peter 'Hank' Lassiter
 Diane McBain as Dolores Hamilton
 Roger Bowen as Simmons, Hotel Manager
 Madeleine Sherwood as Lenore Karadyne
 Indira Danks as Genny
 Arthur O'Connell as Mr. Fenley, Hotel Engineer


Filmed and released in the miracle of Duo-Vision, featuring simultaneous action in split screen for the entire duration of the film -- including accompanying duo-audio, one of the earliest films released in stereo.


Comments and Reviews
3rd May 2020
 Rated 7/10
Richard L. Bare got his start in the early 40's directing a whole bunch of those "So You..." short subjects for Warner before settling into a long career in television, most famously for the seven episodes of "The Twilight Zone" he helmed, as well as most of the run of the wacky rural sitcom, "Green Acres". In an unusual turn, one of his last pieces of work was this R-rated theatrical thriller that introduced a new visual gimmick, Duo-Vision. It's the only instance I'm aware of that an entire film was based around the split screen dual action trick, although it was used in small doses in many major films. Even the stereo soundtrack -- one of the first films in that format -- plays into the effect.

Early on, I noticed similarities to Phantom of the Paradise, which was released a year & a half later. There's the split screen, the way this film's phantom hangs onto the spotlight while beaming it at the girl singer he has a crush on, the fact that the organ score for "Phantom of the Opera" is played throughout the film...and several more indications that Brian De Palma was radically inspired by Wicked, Wicked. Speaking of music, Tiffany Bolling actually sings two songs in the film.

It's mostly played for high camp, which Bare openly admitted, so it's more for fun than chills, despite the lurid horror tone of the poster. Not really a great film, but at the same time, it's not too shabby and worth seeing.

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