New release: Kino Lorber continues its wave of cool cult classics (see the OSS 117 and Fantomas collections) with the upcoming blu-ray release of The Man Who Haunted Himself. Based on the novel The Strange Case of Mr. Pelham by Anthony Armstrong, this 1970 film starring Roger Moore centers around a man whose life fractures in terrifying ways ala Jekyll and Hyde (or Fight Club) after a high-speed car accident. Moore essentially played two roles -conflicting versions of the same man- that are thrown into a savage and suspenseful crisis. Spy Vibers who are used to seeing Moore as The Saint and James Bond will enjoy watching him stretch into deeper emotions on screen The story was originally adapted as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1955, starring Tom Ewall as both victim and doppelgänger. For the 1970 film, Roger Moore worked with Basil Dearden, who also directed The League of Gentlemen (1960), All Night Long (1961) -the Jazz adaptation of Othello starring Patrick MacGoohan, and The Assassination Bureau (1969) starring Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, and Oliver Reed. Look for The Man Who Haunted Himself on region 1 DVD and Blu-ray from Kino on May 7th. Enjoy!
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