Monday, March 13, 2017

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

Another bundle of Films and Filming, the 60s and 70s magazine that looked at cinema with a decidedly homoerotic eye arrived in my study today.  As ever they yield up interesting films that one has never heard of before and these three pages of the July 1975 issue highlight a film called "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud", a supernatural thriller in which the title character has recurring nightmares, including of watching himself being murdered by a woman in a boat; he is swimming naked in a lake at night and as he attempts to get back in the boat she kills him by whacking him round the head with the oar. This opening scene pans out into a search for the place where this and other things from his nightmares happens. The wiki page has a pretty good synopsis and, if you like the sound (or look) of it, despite the fairly unenthusiastic reviews, you can watch the whole thing at the moment on Youtube. A David Fincher remake was announced in 2009 but that seems quite a while ago now!


Anonymous said...

Professional "reviewers and critics" hated the film, but everyone else found it excellent entertainment! I, for one, don't care much for horror--but this film does it quite well without hands popping out of mattresses, etc. Best seen on the big screen, but it's had copyright problems and no proper digital print was ever made, so you must go with YOUtube or best: the VHS print on your old VCR! Recommended!

Bob said...

I love that you posted this Callum! I grew up in the Pioneer Valley college town of Northampton, MA, and remember them filming this movie in the area. The local media made a big deal about it at the time. I hadn’t watched it in years, but clicked on the YouTube link and was pleasantly surprised. I was 13 when the movie was released, and of course the male nudity was a draw to a gay boy in early adolescence, but now it’s fun to watch the scenes where Michael Sarrazin and Cornelia Sharpe are shown driving through the local communities. At the 31:30 mark they drive down the Main Street of Deerfield, and stop and have a meal at the white pillared Deerfield Inn. The inn is still in operation, and my partner John and I go there a few times a year to have lunch in the same dining room restaurant shown in the film. We are often seated near the windows seen behind Michael and Cornelia. The restaurant is now called Champney’s Restaurant:

Callum said...


So glad you enjoyed the post and had a little trip down memory lane courtesy of Youtube. Nice to hear of such a personal connection.



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