A superbly realized and darkly atmospheric thriller from Hungary
This superbly realized and darkly atmospheric thriller from Hungary is an absolute pip! While 'Defekt'(1977) initially appears to take considerable liberties with the ubiquitous cinematic tropes provided by Robert Bloch's hugely influential 'Psycho'; the terse narrative nonetheless soon settles into a truly idiosyncratic, sparely-written, and decidedly taciturn, noirish thriller that makes most excellent use of its slender running time (67 mins approx) and equally meagre locale. The creative photography and grimy art direction is uniformly excellent, and the supremely dark jazzoid score by clearly talented composer, Gyorgy Vukan is an absolute Lalo Schifrin-style delight! I found 'Defekt' (1977) to be hugely entertaining, and I sincerely hope many other similarly broad-minded, treasure-seeking Euro-cult cinephiles also get a chance to appreciate this minor gem of Hungarian, jazz-fuelled terror!
- Jan 23, 2014
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