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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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  (in credits order)

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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An unearthed gem of a film!, 13 June 2000
Author: ( from Austin, Texas

Beverly Garland is totally absorbed in this oil field dark noir like menacing B-movie.She as well as the film are real diamonds in the rough.All familiar class actors who give it their all.In glorious black and white.Watch late night then see Double Deal with Marie Windsor from 1950.

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