Night of Terror (1972 TV Movie)
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When the film begins, several thugs are confronting some guy in a hallway. In the process, the end up killing him...just outside the room where two ladies are. The ladies truthfully tell the cops they had no idea what occurred but not only do the cops doubt this but the killers!
So far, it's an interesting premise. But when one of the ladies is found beaten very badly and their place torn to pieces, the film starts to degenerate into clichés and plot elements that simply don't make a lot of sense. When the injured lady gets out of the hospital, she and the other woman, Linda (Donna Mills), are in their car...and the beaten lady sees her attacker. She responds by driving like a maniac through the parking garage--screaming all the while. The car eventually hits something and it flips--killing the hysterical driver and leaving Linda paralyzed! Talk about overdoing a scene!! Sure, she was scared but this whole sequence was utterly ridiculous.
When Linda awakens in the hospital, she's in a strange mood. Instead of trying to get better, she's very whiny and starts yelling at the cops. Why? I have no idea. It also later turns out she's paralyzed and instead of taking her physical therapy seriously, she whines that it is 'too hard'! She whines so much that when the leader of the killers (Chuck Connors) tries to kill her in the hospital, you are rooting for him to succeed.
As a result of this hospital attack, the cops arrange for a retired police Captain (Martin Balsam) to take Linda to a hidden location and guard her. During this time, Linda whines a lot more and then reveals that she told her landlady where she was going to hide!! Huh?! Not surprisingly, the killer (always on his own after the first scene--which is odd because if he still had his henchmen the film would have ended VERY differently) soon is spotted nearby and what does the retired cop do? Yup...he leaves her home alone!! Duh. Soon the baddie arrives and like Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark", she is chased through the home by the killer--but instead of her being blind she's a paraplegic and has to grope her way around the place. And, when she gets on the phone to call for help, the phone goes dead the second she begins to tell them where she is!!! Will he succeed in killing her or what? And, will anyone care?!
Again and again, the evil killers DON'T kill people when they should have considering they didn't want any loose ends. Why leave victims to identify them? And, if you are being chased by evil murderers why do you whine and do so little to try to help yourself during most of the film? The bottom line is that the basic idea was sound but the characters were one-dimensional and annoying. The made for TV movie just should have been a lot better.