Christopher Lee stars as John Preston, a man of some wealth who moves to a small town in England. He’s not very forthcoming with details of his past, and he has several odd quirks. Still, he’s a mover and a shaker, and before long, he’s one of the town’s leading citizens. But when he starts having nightmares, things take a turn for the worse.
This enjoyable little film feels a lot like an extended episode of One Step Beyond; so much so, in fact, that I halfway expected John Newland to appear at the end of the movie, explaining that such things can happen. Christopher Lee, in a very early role, isn’t really very good, but as he appeared in nine (!) films in 1955, I suppose that we should all cut him a little slack. Worth catching if you’ve got a little over an hour to kill.
For some reason, this seems to me that it would be a good movie to watch in the morning. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it or not, but certain films seem to play better at certain times of day. Of course, horror films are best seen late at night, and comedies seem to work better around late afternoon/early evening. For me, I like to watch black and white movies, especially dramas, on weekend mornings. This film feels like one that I would really enjoy early on a Sunday morning. How odd does that make me?
Alas, Alias John Preston is so obscure that I can’t find any video of it anywhere on the web. If you’re really dying to see it, you can pick up a copy from Sinister Cinema at their website here, or you can order it from Amazon.com.