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Stark Fear -- This is a dark, brooding, sometimes gripping, sometimes brutal tale of a sadistic man who mentally tortures his wife and eventually plans to murder her.


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Dwight V. Swain (original screenplay)
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December 1962 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ned Hockman 
Skip Homeier (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dwight V. Swain  original screenplay

Produced by
Joe E. Burke .... producer
Ned Hockman .... producer
Carl G. Stevenson .... associate producer
Dwight V. Swain .... producer
Original Music by
Lawrence V. Fisher 
Cinematography by
Robert Bethard 
Art Direction by
Marcus Fuller 
Set Decoration by
Marcus Fuller 
Makeup Department
Roy Long .... hair stylist
Melvin Parlow .... makeup artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Laney Duck .... assistant camera
George Peters .... camera operator
Les Tannehill .... gaffer
Cloy Webb .... key grip
Music Department
Lawrence V. Fisher .... conductor
Lawrence V. Fisher .... orchestrator
John Williams .... composer: party music (as Johnny Williams)
Other crew
Daniel C. Chichester .... script supervisor (as Daniel Chichester)
Charles Suggs .... dialogue coach

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86 min
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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
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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