Broken Lipstick (1966)
A very strange film from the tragic director Callum Vance.
Set in London in an eerie suburban building, this film seems to suffer from a paucity of lighting, but I think that just adds to it's charm.
Some scenes seem to be lit by barely one candle, but Stanley Kubrick did something similar with one of his films, so will not berate it too much for that.
The hero of the piece, Tosh McKenna (David Barley), keeps going into a betting shop and one day meets the strange Mrs Vaughan, the millionairess who likes a flutter now and again, played by the inimitable Vonda Trench. After falling for his cheeky charm, she hires him as a gardener but he has plans to steal more than her affections, while Mrs Vaughan has secrets of her own.
The creature that is in the basement is the ace in the deck of this film. Conveyed by lighting and truly horrifying sound effects this pushes this dull drama into an, at times, brilliant and horrifying tale where you are not sure what is real and what is not.
Overlooked by the film world at the time, this film deserves a serious reappraisal.
Director Blake Wilson shows himself to be an unsung talent and it's truly a shame that he never built on this minor masterpiece, ending his days shooting commercials for a lager company.
Check it out. You won't be sorry.