The Snorkel

1958

Crime / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 667

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Reviewed by jem-16 8 / 10

Simple suspenser carried off with great success

A plot common to quite a few suspense movies: apparently good guy gains affection of family, the better to obtain his greedy objectives. The alibi he creates for murder may have been clever in 1958 but today's technology would make it seem obvious.

However, the plot resolves itself to a showdown between the killer and a little girl. While the tale may echo Cape Fear, The Night of the Hunter etc, without their panache, the ultimate resolution is more like Wait Until Dark and the climax is carried off with as much tension and almost as much success. It must be nearly 30 years since I first saw both films - and I recall this climax as clearly as the better known Arkin-Hepburn performance.

Reviewed by adriangr 6 / 10

Entertaining

Minor but entertaining Hammer thriller, not quite reaching the heights of other entries in their "psychological thrillers" ouevre, but still effective.

The film starts right off with it's main murderer on screen committing his evil deed, clearly establishing his (and the film's) gimmick of the snorkel used as an accessory to murder. So from the very beginning we know this is not going to be a whodunnit. What we have here instead here is a "who will find out" plot.

Once the opening credits have finished, the main plot of the film starts with the daughter of the murder victim feeling almost positive that she knows who is responsible for the deed but at the same time, unable to prove it, as nobody has been able to work out how the act was committed, and therefore the killer has got away with it. The more agitated the daughter becomes, the more the killer starts to see her as a threat to his freedom, and so a cat and mouse game starts to build as both try to outwit each other.

This sounds complicated, and it is, but the roles in the film are quite well defined. The killer is a creepy but charismatic older man, able to convince everyone that he is actually mourning his dead wife, and the "suspector" is a teenage girl who everyone thinks is just over imaginative. I could almost imagine William Castle making this film! The acting is very good, and it's all very British and proper. There are plot twists and the climax is clever and worth waiting for, although as a whole the film has dated somewhat. Quite hard to see now, seemingly only available on the Sony 6 film box set DVD "Icons of Suspense", which is worth a purchase due to it having 5 other hard to see Hammer thrillers. So "The Snorkel" gets a thumbs up from me.

Reviewed by fertilecelluloid 9 / 10

Superb Hammer thriller escapes from obscurity

Hammer's "The Snorkel" is a superb, relatively obscure suspense thriller that shares common ground with "Night of the Hunter" and "Wait Until Dark". The set-up is immediately arresting. A man (Peter van Eyck) manages to gas his wife to death and make it look like a suicide. When the police arrive, the doors are still sealed from the inside, trapping the deadly vapor. The police don't find the man, who is still inside the room, so they refuse to believe the man's stepdaughter (Mandy Miller) who is convinced that van Eyck, who's meant to be in France, killed her mother. What follows is a neat, absorbing piece of cinema in which Miller sets out to prove that van Eyck is a cold-blooded double murderer. Part of the film's fun is discovering how van Eyck pulled off such a brilliant plan, and seeing it put into motion all over again. Miller, who looks great in a bathing suit, is positively luminous as the determined schoolgirl; van Eyck is slick, slimy, and a joy to watch. Made on a modest budget, this is great movie-making that delivers a dynamite ending.

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