The Ghost (1963)

Barbara Steele is great as the conniving wife of Dr. Hitchcock in this, Freda’s sequel to The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock. She conspires with Dr. Hitchcock’s physician (who is also her lover) to do away with her old, sick and wealthy husband, which leads to the old revenge-from-beyond-the-grave storyline. While clich├ęd and (mostly) predictable, this film remains a must-see for fans of atmospheric horror and, in particular, Italian horror films of the 1960’s. Riccardo Freda’s excellent work combining lighting, sound and camera movement creates an eerie and foreboding atmosphere which overcomes the films weaknesses and gives healthy punctuation to the films shocks. This movie is well worth tracking down, and is certainly deserving of wider recognition than it has thus far received.