11 – The Twisted Nerve (Roy Boulting. UK, 1971)

A troubled young man with the mind of a child is obsessed by a beautiful librarian in this carefully crafted shocker.

The Boulting Brothers were mainly associated with comedy efforts but they ventured from time to time into the thriller world. Great Art direction lifts the story into a childlike world. The main music theme, by Hitchcock’s most trusted composer, Bernard Herrmann, is highly effective by playing the contrasts between suspenseful and childish elements. Patrons will recognize Herrmann’s whistled theme as Quentin Tarantino borrowed it for Kill Bill: Vol 1.

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