Strange Illusion
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Strange Illusion is really several movies in one, part dark psychological chiller, part unsettling murder mystery, and part breezy B-movie thriller, although most of its plot is derived from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Jimmy Lydon, best-known to audiences for his screen portrayal of Henry Aldrich during the early '40s, plays Paul Cartwright, the son of a respected judge who died under mysterious circumstances two years earlier. Paul is haunted by nightmares in which his father warns him of danger to his mother, and in which a mysterious stranger seems to threaten him and his family. He… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though saddled with the script's fetish for Freud, Ulmer stylizes his thriller without sending it adrift. Like his other great films, Strange Illusion is a shaggy quickie that takes fine shape throughout."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"An engrossing premise courtesy of Mr. Shakespeare."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hamlet on Poverty Row"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Strange Illusion marks prolific filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer's trip into Hitchcock territory, with often underwhelming results."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Visually inventive crime thriller, with many strange sequences."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A lesser Ulmer."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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