Shock is a perverse b-thriller noir from 20th Century Fox. So traumatised is a young married woman after surreptitiously witnessing a murder that she lapses into catatonia. The shrink charged with her care in the sanatorium is the killer. An enticingly preposterous story with a super-suave performance by a clean-shaven Vincent Price as the shrink, and a smouldering turn by a 30-something Lynn Bari as his girl-friend and erstwhile femme-fatale. Atmospherically shot by Joseph MacDonald (The Dark Corner, Call Northside 777, Panic in the Streets, Niagara) with fluid direction by Alfred L. Werker (He Walked by Night).
The highlight is when a psychotic patient escapes from his room in the sanatorium on a stormy night and causes havoc. It is a brilliantly executed sequence with a bravado performance by a veteran uncredited bit-player from the silent era, John Davidson.
A camp delight.