29 October 2015 | Leofwine_draca
Spooky short with a future great
CROSS-ROADS is a highly effective short ghost story that depends on mood and subtlety for effect. Nowadays it's particularly endearing to fans thanks to the presence of Christopher Lee in the leading role, in what was his first ever supernatural performance. Despite his youth, Lee still proves to be an excellent actor at this early stage of his career, delivering a warm and sympathetic performance despite his character's mystery and spookiness.
The plot is a simple tale of revenge from beyond the grave, enlivened thanks to some strong direction from John Fitchen, who also co-wrote the piece with Richard Griffith. Neither of them ever had anything of a career in cinema, which is a shame as this short, 19-minute effort is a lot more effective than many bigger budgeted thrillers from the era. The set-up of the tale is more than a little reminiscent of the later Ian Hendry segment from 1972's TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and the story is enlivened by a second fine actor, Ferdy Mayne (THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS) in the role of the antagonist. Scenes of Lee racing through the streets in his soft-top car are particularly well-shot and exciting.