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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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Some good creepy bits, but marriage fidelity is a head scratcher See more (11 total) »


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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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Some good creepy bits, but marriage fidelity is a head scratcher, 15 January 2013
Author: udar55 from Williamsburg, VA

Ellen Winslow (Beverly Garland) has had enough of her controlling husband Gerald (Skip Homeier) after he gets all cranky on his birthday because she took a job with a Cliff Kane (Kenneth Tobey), a former business rival of his. He says he wants a divorce and splits, but she goes off to find him when his boss says he might be fired. She starts to delve into his past and realizes everything he has told her is lies. Meanwhile, with hubby nowhere to be found, she starts falling for Cliff. This Oklahoma-lensed flick has a few good scenes and some nice B&W photography. Oklahoma folks will no doubt get a kick out of the locations. The creepiest bit has Ellen trapped inside an organ repair shop while being stalked and the machines turn on. But the plot is too foreign to me in terms of its drama. I mean, the lead lady's big conflict is whether or not she should see someone while -- GASP! -- she is still legally married but separated. How the times have changed!

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