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Fear in the Night (1972)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | October 1974 (USA)
A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, and finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man, but nobody believes her.

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

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Peter Cushing (Michael Carmichael) and Ralph Bates (Robert Heller) both played Victor Frankenstein in the Hammer "Frankenstein" films: Cushing in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) and Bates in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970). See more »

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Somewhat Disappointing
21 December 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. This is not a bad film, but it really is not a good film either. It really is a rather predictable treatment of material that had so much more potential. The story about a crazed headmaster at a school that no longer is open, the recent arrival of a young woman that had recently gone through some emotional problems, and the two plot strains coming together through various attacks on the young woman by a crazed tormentor has promise. However, in director Jimmy Sangster's hands, his third directorial feature, the plot is very predictable and slow-moving. The cast is first-rate, and all the actors do fine jobs in their roles. Peter Cushing is in top form as the bizarre headmaster of a country boy's school. Judy Geeson is lovely and vulnerable in her role as a young woman who cannot tell whether or not she is imagining being attacked. Ralph Bates does an equally good job in his role, but his motivation becomes very clear well before it should have. Lastly is the presence of Joan Collins. She is beautiful and bitchy(always her trademarks as an actress)yet has very little screen time and none with Peter Cushing who is playing her husband! With all this acting talent, the Hammer staff, Sangster, I was just very disappointed that the film was so blase. There are a few good moments like the opening panning of the camera across the school grounds and the final shot as well, but I had the "complex" plot figured halfway through the film partly because its been done a dozen or so times(most of them far more effectively) and partly because it was the only possible solution at hand. Not enough red herrings! A must see if you are a Hammer or Peter Cushing fan, but otherwise I think you will be, like me, disappointed and not feared in the night but rather....bored.


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