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Never Take Candy from a Stranger

Released 1961
Distributor Astor Pictures Corporation

Controversial and little seen in its day, this well done social problem drama made for an uncharacteristic and correspondingly uncommercial project for Hammer Films, which tried to sell it as a maniac-on-the- loose movie. British critics labeled it sordid and tasteless, but in fact it was ahead of its time in its consideration of child sexual abuse, and although there are suspense elements the subject is tastefully handled. Nervous US distributor Columbia released it through a subsidiary, but Sony recently brought it back from obscurity for its 3-disc DVD Icons of Suspense.

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About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel Alice Through The Multiverse, and his autobiography Adventures in the B Movie Trade, are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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