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In the Devil's Garden (I) (1971)
"Assault" (original title)

 -  Mystery | Crime | Drama  -  19 May 1973 (USA)
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After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Kendall ...
Julie West
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Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
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Reporter
James Laurenson ...
Greg Lomax
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Tessa Hurst
Tony Beckley ...
Leslie Sanford
Anthony Ainley ...
Mr. Bartell
Dilys Hamlett ...
Mrs. Sanford
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Det. Sgt. Beale
Patrick Jordan ...
Sgt. Milton
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Coroner
Anabel Littledale ...
Susan Miller
Tom Chatto ...
Police Doctor
Kit Taylor ...
Doctor
Jan Butlin ...
Day Receptionist
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After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a reporter from one of the local papers, and against the wishes of a psychologist at the local hospital, a young teacher at the school the girls attended uses herself as bait to lure the perpetrator out. Could it be the creepy husband of the head mistress at the school, the psychologist who seems to be taking an unusual interest in the case, or something altogether more sinister? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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psychologist | rapist | doctor | murder | rape | See more »

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She was possessed...to satisfy his only human desire! See more »

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Mystery | Crime | Drama | Horror

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When Susan (a light haired girl) is being killed and "her" shirt is being ripped off, you can clearly see it's the same bra that Tessa was wearing when she was being raped. The girl that was being killed in that scene was a dark haired girl, making it clear that the same scene was used when Susan was killed and Tessa was raped. See more »

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Good period chiller reminds me of the forgotten "I start counting".
8 May 2004 | by (Bournemouth England) – See all my reviews

The film is typical of its time, with the lighting, camera work and fashion giving a clear indication of 1969 to 1971 British cinema.

It is not scary, but there is reasonable suspense and enjoyment.

My main reason for commenting is has anyone else noticed the very strong similarities with the brilliant (but sadly never shown) "I start counting"?

There is the same fashion, the similar colour technique which is surprising given this is Eastman and "I start" is De Luxe, an emphasis on short skirts, an unknown serial assailant who is revealed at the end but throughout most of the film the viewers attention is diverted to other suspects. There is also the woods where the events take place; the atmosphere in the woodland scenes is very similar. Finally, there is a young and good looking central character in both, Lesley-Anne Down and Jenny Agutter

Watch the film if you enjoy late 60's, early 70's Britain and a bit of suspense.


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