Strange Illusion
Strange Illusion (1945)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 31, 1945
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engrossing premise courtesy of Mr. Shakespeare.

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Fernando F. Croce

Hamlet on Poverty Row

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Strange Illusion marks prolific filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer's trip into Hitchcock territory, with often underwhelming results.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually inventive crime thriller, with many strange sequences.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A lesser Ulmer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
The opening dream sequence is kind of interesting with overlapping shots. It didn't occur to me until after skimming other reviews here on Flixster that… More