Craze (1974) | Jack Palance goes OTT in a slice of prime British horror sleaze

Craze (1974)

From Nucleus Films in the UK comes their remastered DVD release of 1974’s Craze. Now, the description really does sum this Britsploitation cult up to a tee, so read on… it will make you want this for your cult film collection by the time you get to the last line.

jack and dianaApparently, director Freddie Francis (Tales From The Crypt, Torture Garden) didn’t care much for this, his 1974 assignment for the Kandel and Cohen production house- even going so far as to describe it as “worse than Trog” We at Nucleus, however, disagree: Craze is a slice of prime British horror sleaze, ripe for rediscovery.

It’s got everything!! It’s got Jack Palance (Dracula, Torture Garden, Hawk The Slayer) pretending to be English, exclaiming “Jeezus Christ Almighty!” and picking up dollybirds in funky psych nightspots!! It’s got Martin Potter (Goodbye Gemini, Satan’s Slave, Cruel Passion) as his paranoid, hard-drinking gay business partner, Julie Ege (Creatures The World Forgot, Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires) and Kathleen Byron (Twins Of Evil) as ritual victims, and Michael Jayston (Thriller, Quiller, Tales That Witness Madness) Percy Herbert (The Fiend, Black Snake) and David Warbeck (The Beyond, The Black Cat) as a trio of grumpy flatfoot coppers!! It’s got Suzy Kendall (Up The Junction, Bird With The Crystal Plumage, Torso) as a curly-wigged hooker with a jaw-dropping sex-aid collection, and Trevor Howard, Diana Dors, Hugh Griffith and Edith Evans (you KNOW who they are), slumming it in late-career cameos!!!

chukuNot convinced? How about an homage to Peeping Tom (though we’re not telling you where, so you have to buy it) an occult coven in purple robes chanting “armuneminuum” and a series of ghastly, grisly, gory, gruesome deaths? Or, best of all, how about Chuko, the ugliest, most googly-eyed fetish idol ever seen onscreen? Seriously, this doll makes both Hammer’s Charlie Boy and the Zuni from Trilogy Of Terror look handsome by comparison. Let him into your life (even better, let this beautifully remastered disc into your player) and the rewards are plenty- but they don’t come cheap. As the song says, “it’s no sacri-fi-i-iiiice…”


• 1.66:1 / 16×9
• Optional English Subtitles
• Theatrical Trailer
• Crazy Days – Brand new featurette with Jonathan Rigby who explores the book to screen
• Freddie Francis trailer reel (45 minutes!)
• Nucleus trailers


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on April 4, 2016, in British Film, Cult classic, Horror, Must See, Must See, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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