Death Is A Number (1951)

Death Is A Number is one strange movie. It’s a combiantion of inserts, stock footage and still photos, all superimposed and layered on top of one another, along with a framing opening and close, that relates the curse that the number nine has placed upon a family, including the race car driving friend of the film’s main character. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Director Robery Henryson only made documentaries about homes after this, which makes it even stranger. It’s around 51 minutes of just plain odd, with Terence Alexander playing the numerologist. He’d go on to play in another film about a palm reading expert, 1954’s Hands of Destiny.

Charles Shaw, who wrote this, would work with Henryson again on The Stately Homes of Kent, an exploration of Ightham Mote and the Manor House of Knowle. The host of this movie? Terence Alexander. This leads me to believe that these guys all somehow snuck out of working on a paying gig, filmed this strange occult movie on the sly, then went back to their day jobs.

You can get this movie from Juno Films on Amazon and Oldies.com. It’s also free on Amazon Prime.

DISCLAMER: We were sent this movie by its PR company but that has no bearing on our review.

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