DVD region 0. Odeon.
is one of those British movies that seems to have slipped between
the cracks - not quite a genre film and so ignored by exploitation
movie fans, not quite glossy enough to have a mainstream reputation
and certainly not an arthouse movie. Additionally bogged down
with a typically British understated title (a 'taste' of excitement?
I want a bit more than that from a thriller!) and the film seemed
doomed to languish in obscurity. Hopefully this overdue DVD release
will help it build a reputation, because Taste of Excitement
isn't bad at all.
opens with Jane Kerrell (Eva Renzi) being forced of a mountain
road in the South of France by sleazy Peter Bowles (here sporting
an outraaaageous accent), and while the police are sceptical,
it soon becomes clear that someone is out to get her. She hooks
up with painter Paul (David Buck) and before long the pair of
them are caught up in a plot involving NATO, industrial espionage
and double-crosses as both the police and the bad guys try to
figure out her connection to a man murdered on the Dover-Bologne
of Excitement (also known as Why Would Anyone
Want to kill a Nice Girl Like You?) is a fast-paced romp
that has the gloss and strangely unreal atmosphere that many British
films of the 1960's possessed, especially when set in Europe,
where British actors spoke with foreign accents and Euro starlets
like Renzi were seemingly supposed to be English (despite her
accent, Jane is supposed to like in London and has a pretty English
name). Slickly handled by horror veteran Don Sharp, the cast is
dotted with familiar faces (Francis Matthews, Peter Vaughan) and
the action is backed up with a typically frenetic score by Keith
Mansfield. Odeon's remastering makes the film look great too.
not a classic by any means, Taste of Excitement
is thoroughly entertaining, and well worth seeking out for fans
of Brit cult movies.
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