The down side of pursuing lesser known titles smacks hard this time, with a roster of the sub-par and the outright lousy. Ratings are out of ****. 10/16/16 - How Awful About Allan (1970) ** A recovering patient leaves a mental institution and returns to the home where a fire had killed his father, scarred his sister, and left him with psychosomatic partial blindness. His attempt to cope turns to paranoia, directed at a new boarder he's convinced is there to judge him for the tragedy. This is a slow burn suspense made for television movie, leveraging heavily the expectations for the perpetually type cast Perkins. The blurred point of view imagery is effective if not particularly clever, likewise the burnt room left unrepaired like a scar on the house is a nice touch. The adeptness of the leads’ performances are the film's main strength, even though Perkins is just playing the same old coldly reserved morphing to manically unhinged persona. Frankly I suspect for the bulk of his career the calls from his agent went like this... "Anthony, I've lined up a part for you." "No need to fill me in, I play a crazy bastard. Got it. I'm broke, so sign me up." But in the end the film's plot and resolution are derivative, the ending given a rote twist of questionable merit, making the whole affair rather forgettable. The Torturer (2009) * A military interrogator relates his feelings and experiences through flashbacks of his abuse and degradation of an Iraqi detainee. I knew I was in for a bad time when the copyright warning screen looked cheap. And the credits were rolled onscreen ridiculously oversized and with scene obscuring effects. The DVD menu screen indicated the film has an alternate title with the statement 'a.k.a'. Trust me, no one has heard of this mess under any name, nor should they. Having a scene that directly rips off the cut sequence from 24, right down to the music, won’t put the film on anyone's radar either. The interrogator actor in this farce was clearly cast for his Tom Cruise likeness, played to the hilt channeling that actor's courtroom theatrics from A Few Good Men. And he never turns it off, over emphasizing every utterance, comically even having his own instance of "the truth" line. Nichelle Nichols plays the clichéd psychiatrist stereotype, right down to the trope of echoing every patient statement as a question. She's not the only Star Trek link in this film - the lead clearly hails from the Shatner school of bad acting and awkward enunciation. Nichols has a few moments where it’s unclear if her look of disgust is because the role called for it, or she's having a real reaction to the bad acting and dialogue. The only decent actor in this film is the one playing the prisoner, who spends most of her time sobbing and screaming. Hilariously in her casting and filming a major trait goof was overlooked - how many female Iraqi insurgents have a belly button piercing? There isn't any salvation in plot quality, either. What starts as an unrepentant soldier relating to an accusatory psychologist switches motivation and realities to a remorseful contractor debriefing to his condoning handler. What initially plays to be a torture horror/drama switches into an overt, heavy handed, and repeated political and policy commentary. The film ends with a non-sensical plot twist that simultaneously tries to deliver a happy ending and a karmic payback shock. By that point all the viewer cares about is the credits are finally rolling on this steaming pile.