Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens. That's where art student Miranda Grey comes in. Miranda matches wits with Freddie the icy psychopath.
Freddie (Terence Stamp) is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money, and buys himself a country house. Still unable to make himself at ease socially, he starts to plan on acquiring a girl friend - in the same manner as he collects butterflies. He prepares the cellar of the house to be a collecting jar, and stalks his victim over several days.
Terence Stamp....Freddie Clegg
Samantha Eggar....Miranda Grey
Mona Washbourne....Aunt Annie
Maurice Dallimore....The Neighbor rest of cast listed alphabetically
Allyson Ames....First Victim (uncredited)
Gordon Barclay....Clerk (uncredited)
William Bickley....Crutchley (uncredited)
David Haviland....Clerk (uncredited)
"A very even-keeled story about a psychopath who, upon winning a lotto pool, takes up residence in an isolated manor and kidnaps a beautiful co-ed, keeping her in a hidden room/dungeon. There are no real hysterics, no crazy-eyed antics, no gore or knife-slashing, just a straightforward story about a disturbed man(a butterfly collector)and his prisoner, who--thankfully--does not fall in love with him and ask him to carry her away. It's a very unromantic, uncharismatic look at a hostage and her captor, and I found it riveting if lacking a bit in genuine intensity. Superb acting by the two leads."
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