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“I remember years ago reading a synopsis of the film Frozen Ghost, which was something like, ‘a hypnotist investigates a murder in a wax museum.’ You read that and think, ‘What good is a hypnotist in a wax museum?’ It seems an almost existential premise — no matter how good a hypnotist you are, youre not getting anywhere with a wax dummy, you know? Suddenly, it seems ripe with themes of powerlessness and tragedy — like a classic film noir dead end.”
~ Richard Sala

[source: The Groovy Age of Horror: THE WORLD OF RICHARD SALA, Pt. 3]
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