Timid Ernie Broughton (Kenneth Connor) – a proofreader of horror paperbacks – and his best pal, bookie Syd Butler (Sid James) travel to Blackshaw Towers – the isolated Yorkshire mansion of Ernie’s recently departed Uncle Gabriel (Philip O’Flynn).
They meet the various eccentric members of the Broughton family who have all convened for the reading of the will.
As a thunderstorm rages outside, trapping the beneficiaries in the eerie mansion on the moors for the night. The lights go out and the phone is cut off, there are paintings with the eyes cut out, and even a pipe organ for menacing music (and Chopsticks). Gradually, someone begins to bump off the visitors in a variety of gruesome ways.
Sid James and Kenneth Connor are at the top of their game and play each other off perfectly, while the stellar supporting cast includes Donald Pleasence, Michael Gough, Esma Cannon, Shirley Eaton and Dennis Price.
Popstar Adam Faith makes a surprise cameo appearance at the end of the film.
Released in some markets as No Place Like Homicide! this is an undervalued masterpiece of early British comedy.
Fisk the Butler
Dr Edward Broughton