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Stark Fear (1962)

A sadistic husband mentally tortures his wife, while eventually planning to murder her. Although no one believes her, she gets help from an unexpected source.


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Cast overview:
Ellen Winslow
Gerald Winslow
Cliff Kane
Hannah Stone ...
George Clow
Paul Scovil
Edna Neuman
John Arville
Bruce Palmer
Carey Mount
Cortez Ewing
Robert Stone ...
(as Bob Stone)
Barbara Freeman
Darlene Dana Reno
Joseph Benton


"Stark Fear" is the story of Ellen Winslow, who hungers for affection but finds herself chained to a hate-warped husband Gerald. Ellen gets a job, which is more than George seems to be able to do, but he disappears in a jealous rage, but Ellen's sense of loyalty and duty won't let her abandon him, so she goes looking for him in his home town. Gerald attacks her anew, and she is subjected to painful humiliation and abuse by Gerald's best friend, lecherous old Harvey Suggett, at a Comanche tribal dance. The hidden Gerald watches with sadistic delight. Ellen buries herself in her work, to forget her anguish, and falls in love with her employer, Cliff Kane, and they both take a business weekend at the "Little Switzerland" resort in Arkansas. Ellen tells Gerald that he is too emotionally warped for marriage and divorces him, and to prove she is wrong he tries to kill her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Beverly Garland says this is her least favorite of all the movies she's made. She also said that first-time director Ned Hockman walked off the set after disagreements with the cast and producers, and that co-star Skip Homeier finished directing the picture. See more »

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A dumb and sleazy mess!!
1 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have never considered Beverly Garland to be "smokin' hot" but in this film practically everyone does! Heck, again and again she is raped or practically raped by slobbering perverts and by the end of the film she has a new man in her life. Unfortunately, the film totally sucks--and not just because they try to convince us that Garland is like a pork chop in a pack of hungry wolves!

The film begins with Garland married to an abusive man. He's cruel, jealous, vicious and a step away from killing her. When this dirt-bag disappears from her life, you'd think she be thrilled but she spends much of the film looking for him! Lady--this guy is vile and you're better off without him! Later in the film, she learns that he'd lied about his past. Following some clues, she goes to a Deliverance-like town where the husband grew up and she is constantly trying to understand why he became the man he was. However, in the process, she is practically raped by one of her husband's old "friends" and yet she continues to hang around him or at least not call for help when he keeps attacking her. Eventually, she can't stop him and she is raped on top of a grave--while the husband watches!!!! Yet, her response is to go back home and wonder what made the men act that way!!! In fact, repeatedly throughout the film, Garland seems dumber than a can of tuna and even tries to reconcile with the husband!!! Until she FINALLY wakes up at the end of the film, she is bounced around like a brain-dead pinball. And, in the process, she takes off much of her clothes, there's talk about rape and sexual sadism and it's all a very trashy and stupid mess. This is like a film for sickos where they edited out all the really explicit stuff, so even pervs won't enjoy the mess.

The only ones who might enjoy it are bad movie fans or anyone who might have Beverly Garland and want to see her embarrass herself!! Yes folks, it's THAT bad!! By the way, if you don't know who Garland is, she is a very familiar face to TV, having played Steve Douglas' wife on "My Three Sons" and on such other shows as "Port Charles". All in all, she had almost 200 credits to her long career...yet I bet she NEVER could live down or forget STARK FEAR!!!

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