Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fear in the Night (1972)

3 / 5
Tagline:  N/A
Directed by:  Jimmy Sangster
Written by:  Jimmy Sangster, Michael Syson
Actors include:  Judy Geeson, Joan Collins, Peter Cushing
Genre:  Thriller, Horror, Drama
Length:  94 minutes
Country:  UK

I too really like Images and Les Diaboliques, but somehow this film which combines elements of both is duller than dull.  It takes a severly long time before anything happens and when it does it's pretty darned predictable.  I was more interested with getting to the end (which some claim is a real surprise) because it was so uneventful.  The idea is that a young blonde teacher (who even looks like Susannah York) moves to a small town to be with her husband at a boys school.  The one-armed headmaster (Peter Cushing) and his snotty wife (Joan Collins) also play a part in this and they share the general grounds.  The young blonde teacher is pretty naive and known to have had a little breakdown so it's a bit of a case of "is she crazy or is someone trying to get her" only I didn't really care whatever way it played out.  They did throw some different things in there but no scares, not much in the way of blood and it seemed to drag on and on.  Not my choice for a good Hammer film but I suppose it came together in the end (if you haven't seen any of the movies it borrows from ).

Availability:  On DVD (OOP except in the UK though)

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