DVD region 0. Odeon.
always good to see obscure films getting a decent release, and
so Goodbye Gemini, which has languished unseen
in the UK since it's 1970 theatrical run, is a welcome sight.
The film itself though is something of a mixed bag - too interesting
to write off completely, yet never more than a curiosity.
film tells the story of very unidentical twins Jacki
(Judy Geeson) and Julian (Martin Potter), who turn up in London
and soon find themselves caught up in a decadent, and decidedly
gay, social scene headed by mutton-chopped sleazeball Clive (Alexis
Kanner). Julian is none too happy with this - he's content to
live in an enclosed and possibly incestuous relationship with
his sister - and things get worse when Clive drags him along to
a orgy with two hookers who turn out to be transvestites, photographs
the proceedings and then threatens him with blackmail unless he
turns rentboy to help clear Clive's debts with thuggish bookie
Mike Platt. Things go wrong for Clive when the twins challenge
him to a 'game' where he has to identify who is who while they
dress in white sheets. Unable to tell (the eyes are a blatant
giveaway) he's hacked to death with a sword. But by who?
get weird from this point on, as Julian disappears and Jacki is
found wandering the streets by 'progressive' MP James Harrington-Smith
(Michael Redgrave), unable to remember what has happened. As flashbacks
start to reveal the truth, she heads off in search of her missing
Gemini seems unable to decide what it wants to be - hardly
a horror film, it flips from a Cool It Carol-style
look at innocents abroad through the twisted family sub-genre
to the hipster cinema of the late Sixties, not really gelling
as any. Kanner makes for a suitably loathsome villain, but the
two leads make little impact and the story takes forever to get
anywhere. Director Alan Gibson - best known for helming Hammer's
two modern day Dracula films - directs in a flashy style, but
there's precious little substance to the film.
for the 'controversial' incest theme - well, it's handled so delicately
that other than a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-it scenes that
hint at it, there's little here that you wouldn't find in any
other creepy twin film.
DVD is a mixed bag too. The print quality is not great - it generally
looks 'soft' and some scenes have a weird blur that resembles
watching a 3D film without glasses. There's a commentary with
Geeson and producer Peter Snell that doesn't tell you much about
the film, alongside interesting silent behind-the-scenes footage
ad a trailer.
completist British horror fans, this is worth picking up, but
it's hardly a lost classic.
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