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The Touchables

Released 1968
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox

It’s ’60s style over substance in this soft-core spoof directed by Robert Freeman, best known for photographing The Beatles’ album covers. David Anthony plays a rock idol kidnapped by four adoring fans. True to Freeman’s background the Mod fashions and psychedelic settings take precedence over the slight story by Donald Cammell (before he teamed up with Nicolas Roeg for Performance).

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About Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer, programmer, publisher, producer and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (2012) and has been an editor on several books including Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She was a producer on Mike Malloy’s Eurocrime: The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s (2012) and David Gregory’s Tales of the Uncanny (2020), and is currently co-editing an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr. and writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. Her first feature as writer/director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror debuts at SXSW 2021. For more on her work see