You may think you’re a hardcore horror hound, but until you’ve seen Peter Cushing awkwardly mingle at a swinging ’60s drug party in a sea of mini-skirts and psychedelics, you do not know real terror. That’s one of the pivotal scenes in director Robert Hartford-Davis’ 1968 sleazy horror film Corruption. The only film that came out of a deal between Columbia Pictures and British exploitation studio Compton-Cameo, Corruption disgusted UK critics upon its release and was disowned by star Cushing. The film lived in infamy for decades and has now been given its first U.S. home video release courtesy of Grindhouse Releasing.
At the time, Corruption might’ve been a nasty picture. By today’s standards it’s really tame, although it’s wicked fun nonetheless. Based loosely on Georges Franju’s classic Eyes Without a Face, Corruption stars Cushing as hotshot surgeon John Rowan. When we first meet him, he’s just wrapped up a five hour procedure and a junior surgeon is fawning over him, practically asking for his autograph. Rowan’s expertise with a scalpel must’ve been enough to charm the pants off his fiancée too, ambitious glamour model Lynn (Sue Lloyd), who appears a bit out of his league. READ MORE
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