I’ve wanted to see this for ages, so really pleased to see Peter Hammond’sThe Dark Angel (1987), an adaptation of Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas, is now available on dvd. Silas is certainly one of the most unpleasantly disturbing gothic villains I’ve encountered: don’t know if Peter O Toole is really my idea of the part but his Ganymede imitation in the trailer looks interesting anyway. Jane Lapotaire as Madame de la Rougierre looks wonderful.
Arguably the archetypal Gothic thriller, The Dark Angel is a sensual and stylish adaptation of Uncle Silas – J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s influential Victorian literary masterpiece. Starring Peter O’Toole in a wonderfully rich performance as the dangerous, scheming and perhaps quite mad Silas Ruthyn, this three-part drama is elegantly directed by cult favourite Peter Hammond (Sherlock Holmes, The Avengers) and also features Beatie Edney as the unfortunate Maud, Jane Lapotaire as the grotesquely sinister Madame de la Rougierre, Tim Woodward as the brutal Dudley anand Hammer Horror doyenne Barbara Shelley in her final dramatic television role.
Article by Glennis Byron University of Sterlling