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Fear in the Night (1972)

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A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, but finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man - and nobody believes her.


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Complete credited cast:
Peggy Heller
Molly Carmichael
Ralph Bates ...
Robert Heller
The Headmaster - Michael Carmichael
James Cossins ...
The Doctor
Gillian Lind ...
Mrs. Beamish
Brian Grellis ...
2nd Policeman
John Bown ...
1st Policeman


A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, but finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man - and nobody believes her.

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Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

October 1974 (USA)  »

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Dynasty of Fear  »

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1.85 : 1
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The last of 3 features directed by Hammer screenwriter/producer Jimmy Sangster, following "The Horror of Frankenstein" and "Lust for a Vampire," both in 1970. See more »


References Diabolique (1955) See more »

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Unremarkable but efficient psychological thriller from Hammer
2 February 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly low-key mystery-thriller from Hammer. It's about a troubled young woman who experiences attacks from an unknown assailant. She and her teacher husband move to an isolated off-term public school, while there she comes into contact with an odd school-master and the situation escalates…

Anyone who is familiar with the 50's French thriller classic Les Diaboliques will notice a few borrowed ideas in this one, although it's only fair to say that this is a clearly inferior shadow of that film. Having said all that, this doesn't necessarily make Fear In The Night a poor film; it's actually a solid little thriller with a few well-handled suspenseful scenes. Clearly a very low-budget production – it barely has half-a-dozen characters – it nevertheless makes use of its limited resources fairly well, as did all Hammer productions in general. Also, in keeping with films from this studio, there is a good selection of actors and actresses on display – Judy Geeson is the psychologically troubled wife, Ralph Bates is her teacher husband, while Peter Cushing plays the strange school headmaster and Joan Collins is his bitchy younger wife. It's the efforts of these four, as well as the intriguing deserted private school setting, that ensures that this thriller remains interesting, as the hackneyed and predictable plot-line are serviceable but not especially inspired. Fear In The Night almost feels like a TV play at times, the sort of thing you might have seen on an episode of Armchair Thriller in the 70's. But to be fair, there's nothing wrong with that.

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