Review: ‘The Penthouse’

Story is one of those claustrophobic items which find hero and heroine trapped in an isolated apartment with a pair of deranged hoodlums alternating physical and mental bouts of sadism as they break down the couple's resistance.

Story is one of those claustrophobic items which find hero and heroine trapped in an isolated apartment with a pair of deranged hoodlums alternating physical and mental bouts of sadism as they break down the couple’s resistance.

But it’s not what goes on but how it’s developed that raised this item above the level of other orgy-chiller entries. Peter Collinson’s script [from the play The Meter Man by C. Scott Forbes] and direction work hand-in-hand like a precision watch in milking a situation or line to the utmost before seguing, after a pause for breath, to the next crescendo built-up.

The quality of the lines and the subtle yet powerful impact of their content, plus the superbly controlled delivery by the cast, make this a compelling – if at times inevitably distasteful – glimpse at some of the seamier characteristics of the human being.

The Penthouse

UK

Production

Tahiti-Twickenham/Compton. Director Peter Collinson; Producer Harry Fine; Screenplay Peter Collinson; Camera Arthur Lavis; Editor John Thumper; Music John Hawksworth; Art Director Peter Mullins

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Suzy Kendall Terence Morgan Tony Beckley Norman Rodway Martine Beswick
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