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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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Maybe she just liked getting kicked around., 7 December 2005

"Stark Fear" is the story of Ellen Winslow (Beverly Garland), who hungers for affection but finds herself chained to a hate-warped husband Gerald (Skip Homeier.)Once Skip shows up as the husband, there is little doubt where this one will go, as Skip was always scary, even when he wasn't playing scary characters.

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---she intends to stick by her man---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 (Ken Tobey), and they both take a business weekend at the "Little Switzerland" resort in Arkansas, which may or may not feature both yodeling and hog-calling. But Ellen and Cliff, good for them, are not willing to let love slip over into a shoddy affair. Shoddy does not bother Gerald, especially when Hannah Stone is wandering about in her undies.

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. No one can go around calling a Skip Homeier character warped and not expect to pay some consequences. She also learns that he witnessed her humiliation by Harvey Suggett at the Comanche dance.

What's a poor girl to do? Marie Windsor would have cashed Skip's ticket in the first reel.

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