If there’s a couple that was more modtastic and appeared in more outstanding horror films & thrillers than the fabulous David Hemmings and the vastly underrated Gayle Hunnicutt, I don’t know who they are. Hemmings and Hunnicutt were married between 1968 and 1975. During that brief period of time they made FRAGMENT OF FEAR (1970) and VOICES (1973) together (as well as THE LOVE MACHINE, which I’ll be writing about soon). They also individually starred in such noteworthy films as EYE OF THE CAT (1969), UNMAN, WITTERING AND ZIGO (1971), NUITS ROUGE (1974), THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1974) and DEEP RED (1975).
David Hemmings & Gayle Hunnicutt (1967)
Note: Gayle’s holding David’s LP!
Speaking of Hemmings & Hunnicutt, I’m taking a lengthy look at the spooky supernatural thriller VOICES (1973) at the Movie Morlocks this week, which features the real-life couple as a husband and wife haunted by ghosts and plagued by their own personal demons. I recently watched VOICES for the first time and was very impressed with this vastly underrated – and undeniably influential – little horror film. I was also surprised by the lack of available information about VOICES. I scanned my personal library and did extensive research online but solid facts and important figures were incredibly hard to come by. I decided to try and remedy the situation by writing a dissertation piece about the film for the Morlocks, which hopefully shines some much needed light on the movie and encourages more horror enthusiasts to seek it out. Unfortunately it’s currently only available on VHS legally but bootleg DVDs are floating around online. You can also watch VOICES on Youtube, which is where I saw it. Here’s a brief excerpt from my post:
“VOICES is based on the work of accomplished horror author, Richard Lortz (Lovers Living Lovers Dead, Bereavements, Dracula’s Children, etc.) and it explores the life of a young couple (David Hemmings & Gayle Hunnicutt) whose idyllic existence is turned upside down when their young son accidentally drowns. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that the mother, Claire Williams, was deeply traumatized by the loss of her child and after numerous suicide attempts she was finally hospitalized. Her husband Robert has been trying to cope with the stress as well as but it’s apparent that the situation has become increasingly difficult for them both. After Claire is released from the hospital the couple plans a trip to the country where they can relax in a large manor house that was left to Claire by her recently deceased aunt. It seems like the perfect setting for the couple to rekindle their romance but things begin to disintegrate quickly after their trip becomes hindered by the foggy weather, which makes finding the house almost impossible. The situation reaches a breaking points after Claire begins hearing strange unidentifiable voices in the house. Eventually the voices take shape and Claire comes face to face with the ghostly figure of a young girl playing with a toy ball who doesn’t seem aware of the couple’s presence. But she isn’t the only ghost haunting the old house and before the film is over both Claire and her husband Robert will experience a series of unexplained supernatural events that leave them questioning their sanity as well as their very existence.”
For more (much more!) please continue reading at The Movie Morlocks:
– “The Voices of Terror – Twisting Two Minds!” @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog