Portrait in Terror (2005) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
It’s difficult to get a grip on what this movie is all about by simply watching it so I’ll tell you. It’s all about a nutcase killer (“Tony”, played by William Campbell) whose primary goal is to steal an artwork… a valuable painting.
The film begins with Patrick McGee roughing up some sailors at a night-time beer garden, McGee playing a sort of low-end James Bond-type character, and from there, somebody is always getting shot, shot at, impaled with a speargun, etc. There is a lot of, “Let’s go over here. Now’s let’s run over there. Now let’s run back over here,” etceteras, and so on. One does get to see (in black and white, of course) some interesting semi-Mediterranean (ancient urban) scenery. On this particular DVD, however, you also lose a lot of the scenery because the movie was originally shot in letterbox format and now, the left and right sides of the film are chopped off as you can tell in the opening credits where it cuts off the names… so this is a poor print.
One thing I noticed right off is that director Roger Corman hijacked part of the filmscore from “Dementia 13” (a FAR superior film which also stars Campbell and McGee) to use in this movie.
I’m a huge Bill Campbell fan and I’ve always liked McGee too so I’m very graciously awarding this one three stars. It might have been a good cult entry had it been a bit more comprehensible and I wouldn’t mind watching it again if I could see a print in the original letterbox format.
But for the average movie viewer, I regret that I have to recommend that you skip this version of the film and go directly to “Dementia 13” which is a very good flick, by the same director and featuring the same main stars.
About Portrait in Terror (2005)
Starring: William Campbell
Runtime: 90 minutes
Director: Michael Roy