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GILLIAN HILLS STARRING IN HAMMER'S 'DEMONS OF THE MIND'

Gillian Hills in Demons of the Mind Year: 1972 Rates: **

It was inevitable to become a disappointing spooky-titled horror flick since DEMONS OF THE MIND means that there are none... 

No demons, and for one of Hammer's last psychological thrillers, no monsters at all, unless you count a young man slaying young ladies along the countryside, not far from a Gothic castle where a manipulative father attempts keeping his children locked up, believing they're cursed...

Hammer wanted James Mason in this patriarchal role, and it would have made a huge difference since Robert Hardy seems too young and lacks magnetism in controlling his bed-ridden daughter Gillian Hills and especially the beastly son, who share an incestual lust between killings... 

Random violence which there needed much more of to counter nowhere subplots and ultimately wasted side-characters (like nice guy med-student Paul Jones and his mad scientist mentor Patrick Magee), who take time away from Hills' victimized ingenue, a Hammer scream queen with very little to scream about: Damn shame since she alone, with such intense, bewildered beauty, had the most potential to really possess this thing!

Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND with Robert Hardy & Paul Jones
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Robert Hardy and Patrick Magee in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND with Shane Briant
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND with Yvonne Mitchell
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Twelve years earlier has Gillian Hills headlining BEAT GIRL at sixteen
Jane Berkin and a brunette Gillian Hills in BLOW-OUT
Gillian Hills opening the record store scene in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
Gillian Hills in Hammer's DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in Hammer's DEMONS OF THE MIND
Clockwork Orange "Stage Actress" Virginia Wetherell in DEMONS OF THE MIND
Gillian Hills in Hammer's DEMONS OF THE MIND
Shane Briant and Paul Jones The Sweeney Chalk & Cheese & Hammer's Demons of the Mind

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