Inn of the Damned

Overview

This Aussie/Western variation on the Psycho formula is set in the tiny Outback town of Gippsland in the 1890s, where travelers visiting a remote inn are being bumped off by a mysterious interloper. After a perfectly dreary hour or so, wily lawman Alex Cord solves the mystery that somehow managed to befuddle the rest of the cast -- it seems crackpot innkeeper Dame Judith Anderson and her husband have never quite recovered from the trauma of seeing their children killed by escaped convicts who once invaded their ...
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Overview

This Aussie/Western variation on the Psycho formula is set in the tiny Outback town of Gippsland in the 1890s, where travelers visiting a remote inn are being bumped off by a mysterious interloper. After a perfectly dreary hour or so, wily lawman Alex Cord solves the mystery that somehow managed to befuddle the rest of the cast -- it seems crackpot innkeeper Dame Judith Anderson and her husband have never quite recovered from the trauma of seeing their children killed by escaped convicts who once invaded their home, and they have been busily hacking up their guests ever since. The setting provides for some pleasant location photography and gives the film a unique look and feel, but the story is completely bogged down by dull pacing and lackluster performances -- except for Anderson, who is always a treat to watch, even when she's given little to work with.
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Editorial Reviews

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This unusual genre-bender from Australia is more odd than it is good. The script mixes Spaghetti western and horror movie elements to interesting effect but it gets bogged down with too many characters and subplots. These digressions, which include everything from broad comedy to softcore sex, seem to be designed to cover the film's commercial bases but they distract from the story instead of fleshing it out. The direction of co-writer Terry Bourke is energetic in certain scenes but he has trouble maintaining a consistent tone and lets the pace of his overstuffed narrative lag too often. He also overdoes certain sequences in a manner that transforms them into self parody: for instance, an attempt at a dramatic standoff between lawman and outlaw is taken to such melodramatic lengths that it turns out unintentionally funny instead of suspenseful. The performances are of variable quality, with some of the bit players coming off as amateurish, but the film does boast one genuinely effective performance from Dame Judith Anderson. She manages to bring a level of poise and pathos to her villainous character that makes her more sympathetic than the film's nominal hero (a rather wooden Alex Cord). In short, Inn Of The Damned has a certain novelty value for cult movie fans but it lacks the precision and skill to really score as top-flight exploitation fare and is best viewed as a curiosity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 827421000361
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judith Anderson Caroline Straulle
Alex Cord Cal Kincaid
Mikey Craig Paul Melford
Joseph Furst Lazar Straulle
Tony Bonner Trooper
John Meillon George Parr
Lionel Long
Nat Levison
Josie McKay
Anna King
Graham Ware
John Morris
Robert Quilter Biscayne
John Nash
Louis Wishart
Hilary Bamberger
Don Barkham
Phillip Avalon
Jack Allan
Carla Hoogeveen
Reg Gorman
Graham Corry
Colin Drake
Diana Dangerfield
Technical Credits
Terry Bourke Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Gary Hansen Production Designer
Rod Hay Editor, Producer
Hay Editor
Bob Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Probyn Cinematographer
Bob Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inn of the Damned
1. Night at the Inn [26:11]
2. Death in the River [19:29]
3. New Arrivals [19:04]
4. I'll Keep You Warm [13:15]
5. Looking for 2 Women [19:26]
6. A Death Trap [19:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Inn of the Damned
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   Scenes
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