Cinema: Genetic Gibberish

"Face it, Enid," Dad says to Mum. "He's not normal." They are talking about their crazy 21-year-old son Martin (Hywel Bennett), whose idea of a big time is to masquerade as merely retarded. Martin spots an attractive bird named Susan (Hayley Mills) and hatches a plot that eventually gets Dad done in, Susan-ravaged, and Susan's mom cut up like so much kindling. This exercise in Petit Guignol, called Twisted Nerve, has all the suspense of a marshmallow roast, and struggles to make itself more plausible by adding some genetic gibberish about chromosomal damage....

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