31 Days of Halloween: Stop Me Before I Kill!

31 Days of Halloween: Stop Me Before I Kill!

31 Days of Halloween

Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960)

Directed by: Val Guest
Written by: Val Guest
Starring: Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento and Ronald Lewis

Not necessarily a “Horror” film, STOP ME BEFORE I KILL! is more of a Paranoid Thriller. Hammer Films produced this film based off a Ronald Scott Thorn novel and the results are enjoyable enough.

There are some intense (for the time) scenes involving the main character compelled to abuse his wife. Even today, these scenes work and while mild in the violence are vey effective. Though, I feel the woman in the film should have been a bit more pissed than she actually was. She keeps on shrugging these encounters off, definitely a sign of the culture in the late 50s & early 60s. This film wouldn’t have worked today.

With all that said, STOP ME BEFORE I KILL! is an enjoyable thriller with twists and turns. It’s Hammer Films version of a Hitchcock type story, but not as sophisticated.

Plot ★★★½☆ || Scares ★★½☆☆ || Entertainment ★★★½☆

Overall Rating Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆