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TWISTED NERVE starring HYWEL BENNETT, HAYLEY MILLS, BILLIE WHITELAW and FRANK FINLAY

TWISTED NERVE features a lonely and conflicted young man named Martin Durnley (Hywel Bennett), who switches personalities between a "slow" lost little boy called Georgie and a conniving murderer. After a fight with his rich stepfather (Frank Finlay), who demands that he grow up and get a job, Martin takes up in a boarding house, a bastion of lost souls, and wants to marry the pretty young librarian (Hayley Mills) whose desperate mother owns the place. He uses his Georgie persona to present a sexually non-threatening front, but he plots to kill anyone who gets in his way.

The biggest strength of TWISTED NERVE is the film's central focus on its troubled main character. Martin possesses what most people in modern society would desire: good looks, wealth, a lavish upbringing in a sophisticated family. But the thoughts within Martin's complex mind are anything but stable. His childhood was marred by a debilitating event that crippled his family, sending Enid into an unhealthy obsession with her young son. His mother's corrosive, suffocating influence has engendered a fear of adulthood in Martin; he refuses (to his father's great irritation) to accept the responsibilities of living on his own, and the occasional glimpse of his bedroom reveals it to be disturbingly cluttered with old toys and teddy bears. His mannerisms and actions are that of a spoiled child -- throwing temper tantrums at his parents, or curling up on his bed with one of his stuffed animals.

Hywel Bennett, tasked with portraying this problematic man-child, delivers a phenomenal performance. His pleasant physical features and broad range are both hypnotic and terrifying. It is difficult to change the mask of emotion from one drastic expression to another. However, Bennett's sudden transformation from a vulnerable young man into a hateful psychopath is done with absolute, convincing poise; utilizing his body language, soft voice and soulful blue eyes, he captures Martin/Georgie's descent into madness.

The script, by PEEPING TOM's Leo Marks, is another disturbing treatise on a perverted male sex drive and as pathologically removed from the action as the main character. The two leads (Mills and Bennett) played a couple in the Boulting Brothers' previous film, the popular screwball comedy THE FAMILY WAY. The film was also an attempt at maturing Mills' Disney image (she was married to director Roy Boulting). The effective music is by the great Bernard Herrmann.

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