The Man Who Could Cheat Death Review

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Made by the legendary Hammer Studio’s in 1959, The Man Who Could Cheat Death is one of the lesser known horror titles from that period.

Doctor and amateur sculptor Georges Bonnet (Anton Diffring) has discovered a murderous method of maintaining his youth, once every ten years he murders a young woman and removes her parathyroid glands to replace his own. But after 104 years, he’s run into some problems. His collaborator is now too old to perform the surgical procedure, and a detective is on his case. In desperation Bonnet blackmails another surgeon (Christopher Lee) into performing the procedure by threatening the life of Janine Dubois (Hazel Court), a woman who both men desire.

Director Terence Fisher adds style to the unusual story and lead actor Anton Diffring brings a chilling charm to the role. (The part was originally offered to Peter Cushing who turned it down). The cinematography  by Jack Asher makes the colours bold and mesmerising and are reminiscent of Italian director Mario Bava. It is a suspenseful if slightly dated tale but definately worth a watch for any classic horror or Hammer fan.

This new 1080p release from Eureka has a splendid transfer with a new digital restoration. Colours are bold, blacks solid and it has a nice grain structure. Audio is linear PCM 2.0 channel mono and is clear and fine for a film of this vintage. Extras are two interesting interviews about the film one with with critic and novelist Kim Newman and the other with author and historian Jonathan Rigby. Also included is a full colour booklet featuring new writing by author Marcus Hearn.

FILM: 7 PICTURE: 8 AUDIO: 7 EXTRAS: 6

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