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The Night Holds Terror (1955)

A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

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A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more the tensions build and the more likely it becomes a tragedy will occur. Based on a real-life hostage-taking. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Three young, empty-eyed killers, without mercy or morals, turn a private home into a house of horror! See more »


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13 July 1955 (USA)  »

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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »

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The front license plate on the villains' car disappears and reappears between scenes throughout the film. For instance, when Gene and the villains leave the bar and Gene's narration specifically points out the villains made sure he didn't see their license plate (they made him wear taped glasses) as they walk past the front of the car, there is no license plate on the car, but moments later at the railroad crossing, it's there again. See more »

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Desperation in a Desert Town
6 August 2002 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

"The Night Holds Terror" is a lower budget version of "The Desperate Hours"--the victims are working class (or lower middle?), but the perpetrators are as slimy as the big budget boys. Diminutive John Cassavetes is pretty unnerving as the brains and Vince Edwards does a good job as the 'dumb' crook type.

The victim leads are Jack Kelly [later on TV "Maverick", he is fine] And Hildy Parks as the wife--she is the big surprise: a very capable actress who must stand up to the thugs, and does she ever, right from the start---Parks ended up as a panelist on "To Tell the Truth"

The film has some very intense moments for 1955 and is nicely filmed as well, with good use of desert locations that recall monster movies of the era like "Tarantula" or "Them".


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