THE BEGUILED (Don Siegel, 1971)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

How could a film made in the 70’s be more salacious than its 2017 remake? The overt scenes of sexuality here made the repressed women’s intentions and future decisions more understandable. There were also key elements (incest, latent pedophilia, extreme violence, slavery) that worked really well with the overall story and milieu.

Geraldine Page as the morally ambiguous yet memorably complex Miss Farnsworth was truly exceptional. I also liked how Clint Eastwood played against type and made the most out of his lecherous McB (he kissed a twelve year old girl on the lips at the start of the film, gasp!).

Moral of the story: Nothing screams gothic horror more than a house full of libidinous women. Beware!!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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