The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Juan Antonio Bardem
STARRING: Jean Seberg, Marisol, Barry Stokes
RATED: UR/REGION O/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Chris Miller (former Spanish child star, Marisol) lives with her stepmother Ruth (Jean Seberg; Breathless) in a large secluded mansion in the countryside. Both women have been traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of Chris’ father but their isolation is soon interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious young drifter, Barney (Barry Stokes; Prey), who they take on as a handyman. All the while, an Unknown scythe-wielding killer has been stalking the area, leaving an ever-growing body count, and it’s not long before the women grow increasingly suspicious of Barney…

The Corruption of Chris Miller from Vinegar Syndrome plays out in several ways as you watch it. For one, we’re talking about corrupting the girl named Chris in the movie and a psychological side comes from that. Then you have the matter of a crazed killer also on the loose and these two things seem to come into play. The killer portion gives the movie and almost slasher side to it even if that doesn’t happen a whole lot of the time. But when it does, it is usually pretty darn entertaining. The elements all come into play to make for a movie that is a bit unique and at times it can also play some tricks on you. Those twists and turns along the way are what make this one stand out, in the end, the most. You have some blood, some mystery, and even a bit of an erotic tone even if the movie never fully goes into that direction.

The ending of the movie is probably going to be what makes this or breaks this one for the most of you. There’s some pretty clever twist involved and then it kind of flies a little off the rails before the credits roll. There’s even an alternative French ending in the extras that might have been a more fitting ending, but what you get here does stick out and cause you to at least want to think more about what you have seen. The Corruption of Chris Miller is a movie I would have liked to have had a little more slashing involved with, but for what it is, I don’t think I minded it too much. It’s an interesting flick that does some interesting stuff even if we have to wait a little bit for the blood to spill.

Extras

– Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative
– Archival career retrospective interview with director Juan Antonio Bardem
– “Jean Seberg: Movie Star” – a short film exploring the tragic life of Jean Seberg
– English and Spanish sound mixes
– Alternate Spanish ending
– Alternate Spanish insert shot and partial title sequence
– Original theatrical trailer
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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