Readers Choice 2

07 Jun

Having tried out this idea before and finding that it proved to be generally popular, I’ve decided to give it another go. Once again I’m letting readers of this site have their say and leaving it up to them to choose the movie that will be featured next. Instead of offering two films with a common actor, as I did last time, I’m switching the focus to a studio. In this case, it’s Hammer Films – best known for their horror output, the studio nevertheless produced pictures in a variety of genres. The options this time are a couple of thrillers from the 1950s: Heat Wave (1954) & The Snorkel (1958). The poll shall remain open until midday on Wednesday, and may the best movie win.

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25 responses to “Readers Choice 2

  1. le0pard13

    June 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve heard of ‘Heat Wave’, but nothing at all for ‘The Snorkel’. So, I picked the latter. Thanks, Colin.

    • Colin

      June 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      They’re both entertaining films Michael, but I’m not sure how widely known they are.
      I have a hunch some votes may end up being cast on the basis of which poster appeals the most though!

  2. Cavershamragu

    June 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I voted for HEAT WAVE (HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE) because I’m a lot more familiar with SNORKEL but I’d love to read both!

    • Colin

      June 8, 2013 at 4:03 am

      Well they’re almost neck and neck at the moment – Heat Wave has a slight edge. Maybe it will end up a tie, and I’ll have to write both up! :D

  3. badblokebob

    June 8, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Not being familiar with either, I voted for The Snorkel. Heat Wave, sure, that sounds like a thriller; but something called The Snorkel? That’s… unusual. Piqued my interest, anyway.

    • Colin

      June 8, 2013 at 4:06 am

      Hi Richard – it is an intriguing kind of title for a movie. I reckon both have points in their favor and are worth highlighting – whichever one wins.

  4. Mike

    June 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

    The Snorkel for me please, Colin. I love Peter Van Eyck’s sinister performance, and the set-up – whilst more full of holes than a punctured breathing tube – is genius.

    • Colin

      June 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Hello Mike – haven’t heard from you in ages! Where you been hiding yourself?
      And yes, The Snorkel is a tricky little film.

      • Mike

        June 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

        Hi Colin – sorry I haven’t been around, lots of real-life annoyances trickling through and so few films coming up on TV that (i) haven’t been covered on the site already (ii) have inspired me. I’m thinking of trying something a little different, but in the meantime it’s great to see the quality stuff churning out of the High Country still and inspiring many of my own viewing choices.

        • Colin

          June 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

          Mike, I know exactly what you mean – all those real life annoyances are indeed…annoying.

          Whatever you decide on, it’s always been a pleasure to read your stuff and chat.

          Mind you, lately I find I’ve been writing a bit less than usual myself – real life again!

  5. Vienna

    June 8, 2013 at 7:31 am

    It has to be Alex Nicol and Hillary Brooke!

    • Colin

      June 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I’ll have to admit the cast does come together really well in Heat Wave.

  6. john k

    June 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This is a really hard one Colin,I have not seen THE SNORKEL for years but really
    enjoyed it at the time.
    HEAT WAVE is one of the very best of Hammer’s “Noirs” so I am going to go for that one,
    besides,if nothing else it proves Sid James really could act.
    Another of Alex Nicol’s “Brit Noirs” THE GILDED CAGE has just been released by
    Renown in the UK.

    • Colin

      June 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Agreed John – it is a difficult choice. Is The Gilded Cage any good? Is it worth picking up?

      • john k

        June 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        THE GILDED CAGE is a not bad little thriller,but with all the great titles around at
        the moment I would say its one for the “back burner”
        Much better John Gilling UK thrillers with American leads are THREE STEPS TO THE GALLOWS
        and TIGER BY THE TAIL.

        • Colin

          June 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

          Thanks John – I’ll bear that in mind.
          Tiger by the Tail is definitely high up on my wanted list, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that the transfer of Three Steps to the Gallows left a bit to be desired.

          • john k

            June 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

            Colin,I thought the transfer was pretty darn good;nice and sharp and imperfection free.
            As far as Brit Bs with American leads go its one of the best;neat location work too!

            • Colin

              June 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

              Indeed? Well that’s very welcome news John – thanks for getting back to me.

  7. Judy

    June 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Colin, this was a tricky one – I’m no fan of Hammer horror but have been thinking I should check out their noirs. Went for ‘Heat Wave’ because the plot sounds the more intriguing of the two, plus I’d be interested to see Sid James in a non-comic role!

    • Colin

      June 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thank you for popping in and casting your vote Judy.

  8. Colin

    June 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    OK, the deadline has passed, the votes are in and it’s time to declare a winner.
    Heat Wave has come out on top with 19 votes to 10 – stay tuned for the write-up.


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