Cinema: Blob Psychology

The Mind Benders. "PERVERTED! SOULLESS! A LOVE AFFAIR DESTROYED BY AN EXPERIMENT SO TERRIFYING IT DEFIES HUMANITY!" Sound bloody awful? It is. And that's a shame, because it needn't have been. The plot of this British thriller has a built-in beaut of a scientific gimmick: a visual recapitulation of some eerie experiments in "sensory deprivation" conducted recently in Britain and the U.S. Object of the experiments: to find out what happens to people who for long periods forgo the use of their senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, weight and direction).

For openers, the plot presents a kindly...

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