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Dark Places (1973)

PG | | Horror, Romance, Thriller | May 1974 (USA)
A scheming couple plot to conceal a hidden cache of stolen money from its rightful owner. The only problem is that the house they plan to hide it in is haunted.

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Dr. Ian Mandeville
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Prescott
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Alta
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Edward Foster / Andrew Marr
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Victoria
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Old Marr
Roy Evans ...
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Martin Boddey ...
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Jennifer Thanisch ...
Jessica
Michael McVey ...
Francis
Barry Linehan ...
Asylum Gatekeeper
Linda Gray ...
Woman on Hill
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A scheming couple plot to conceal a hidden cache of stolen money from its rightful owner. The only problem is that the house they plan to hide it in is haunted.

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There is more than death waiting for you in Dark Places.


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The plot of this film revolves around mysterious events in the life of a man called "Andrew Marr". The real-life Andrew Marr, now famous as a journalist and television presenter in the UK, was only in his early teens when this film was made. The use of his name is purely coincidental. See more »

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A very decent little thriller!
23 September 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Dark Places is not a very well known seventies British horror movie; probably owing to the fact that it's not a Hammer movie, but it features an interesting story and a great cast, and overall this is certainly a very decent little thriller! The story has some fairly strong horror themes running throughout, but personally I wouldn't say this is a horror flick; Dark Places is a thriller, and the main focus is on the thing that makes the world go round - money, and a huge stash of it. At the centre of the film is a spooky old house, once owned by a mental patient who died. The house has now being taken over by the Asylum administrator who inherited the house. This is bad news for a few different people in the village - mostly notably scheming couple Dr Mandevile and Sarah. The reason being that before he died, the owner of the house hid a huge sum of money somewhere within the walls and the pair have been on the trail of it ever since. Not wanting to risk losing their cash, Sarah and the doctor hatch a plan to turn the situation to their advantage...

The key thing about this film is the old house at the centre, and therefore the chilling atmosphere stemming from it. Director Don Sharp has a history in horror, with a handful of films made for Hammer, as well as the excellent cult trash classic 'Psychomania' to his name, so it's quite unsurprising that this film has a horror atmosphere. The plot is well done also, with many different characters having a stake in the money at the centre of the story, and thus ensuring that the film remains interesting and varied. Dark Places features a very good cast, which makes it even more surprising that this film isn't better known. The great Christopher Lee is the biggest standout in his role as the doctor with an ulterior motive, while Joan Collins gives good support and provides some nice eye candy as his accomplice. The film also features performances from fellow British stars Robert Hardy and Herbert Lom, who also do well. Overall, this might not be a masterpiece; but it's certainly a good film and comes recommended to fans of British horror!


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