As you know, Cynthia (Erica Rogers), I've turned up here today so I can ask your family for your hand in marriage. Yet if you don't mind me for saying so, do they always act this weird around people they don't know?
Hey! Please don't get me wrong, sugar pie. Of course do I mean this with all due respect! But let's face it! You're cousin Natalie (Andree Melly) would give Elvira a good run for her money. Your uncle Reginald (Valentine Dyall) reminds me of a frigid mortician. Your other uncle Percival (Jack Bligh) keeps on inventing things which have already been invented. And as for your other cousin, Cornwallis (Dennis Price), well?
Oh, dear. Cornwallis has just been poisoned, hasn't he? Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all goes for a song when you say to me, 'Don't worry yourself John (Pat Boone). If you think their nuts, wait until you see my cousin, Muldoon (Archie Duncan)'. As a family starts talking about a will - please, there's no need to take that evil-pill - Cynthia's uncle somehow lends a helping hand - and at the end of the day, wedding bells go off strictly as planned.
In a round about way I'd say 'The Horror Of It All' reminded me of a strange mixture of 'Scooby Doo' meet's 'The Munsters', complemented with the usual dose of sixties hi-jinks. For a start you have an initial introduction that's fairly easy to understand -- a man turns up to so he can ask his girlfriend's family for her hand in marriage. Then you have the cast of well presented yet colorful characters -- and I do mean very-very colorful. And last but not least you finally have the twist -- a member of this family wants to kill the rest so they can inherit a vast fortune.
Yet from my point of view the only thing I wasn't too keen on -- and I do mean the only thing -- is that the actual story-line presented had a rather palpable manner of unfolding itself.
A good example of this can be found at the beginning when Pat Boone's character -- who was very good in it by the way -- declared that someone was trying to kill him not so long after he arrived. But instead of the plot tackling this dilemma head first, it decided to introduce each of the subsequent family members beforehand, and then -- eventually -- deal with this story-strand further down the line.
OK. I know I'm being a bit nit-picky with my critique here, dear readers. But as I said previously, I did love watching this adventure because each of the characters had a real spring in their step. Pat played the part of the everyman with some real gusto to his performance. Andree's version of Elvira was a right blast to watch. Plus to a certain extent I can say exactly the same thing about John's version of a doddery old inventor.
Overall I'd say 'The Horror Of It All' was a pretty decent film to spend some time with. Even though the story-line let it down in places, as push comes to shove this was one hell of an amusing yet rhythmical movie for all the family.
Well, unless your family are a pack of killers of course. Ha! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B