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(1972) Norman Yemm, Carla Hoogeveen, Mike Dorsey, Briony Behets. This is one creepy, nail-biting film. A young woman becomes lost in the woods after her horse runs off.

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Norman Yemm ...
The Man
Carla Hoogeveen ...
The Woman
Mike Dorsey ...
The Lover
Briony Behets ...
Horse Girl
Peter Armstrong ...
The Truckie
James Moss ...
The Client
Curt Jansen ...
Garage Attendant
Pinkie ...
Albino Rat
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(1972) Norman Yemm, Carla Hoogeveen, Mike Dorsey, Briony Behets. This is one creepy, nail-biting film. A young woman becomes lost in the woods after her horse runs off.

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Hunted and Trapped! Her Nightmare is Just Beginning!

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This film ran into censorship and classification problems in Australia when first completed in 1972 and was banned. The Australian 'Refused Classification' website states that "The R rating had only been introduced for a year when the Censorship Board banned this in late 1972. The makers went to the Appeal Board, and in November 1972 it was awarded an R rating. It went on to open at the Penthouse Theatre in King Cross in March 1973...It remained pretty much unseen in Australia until 2005 when Umbrella Entertainment released the film on DVD. This involved going back to the Classification Board, who, in an example of how the guidelines change, awarded it, and the companion feature Inn of the Damned (1975) an M (Medium Level Violence, Horror Theme, Low Level Sex Scene) rating in January 2005". See more »

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One of the first Aussie horror (Ozploitation) flicks
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Terry Bourke's Night of Fear was originally meant to be the pilot for an Australian TV-series titled "Fright." However, the censors banned it on the grounds of "indecency and obscenity." That is unfortunate, as it would have made a great TV series, as this was a pretty good movie in its own right. Although you can tell it was a pilot, as the movie has opening titles very much like a TV show (and it is called "Fright), plus it only goes for 50 minutes and there is pretty much no dialogue.

Having said this, it is grisly and unsettling and although tame by today's standards, does feature a few nasty scenes. Also (and very interestingly) this was made two years before Tobe Hooper's widely regarding cult classic, "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." While I was watching this, I was constantly reminded of Hooper's film, with the outback setting, the distressed and screaming heroine and the disturbed hillbilly villain. Night of Fear is virtually plot less, it follows 'The Woman' (Carla Hoogeveen) who takes an accidental wrong turn to avoid a collision and crashed her car near 'The Man's' (Norman Yemm) house. He stalks and terrorises her for the rest of the film.

It is a shame this was extended into a feature length with some dialogue, as it would make a great 70's exploitation film along the lines of Hooper's "Massacre." However, for what it is, it is quite good and it would not surprise me if some filmmakers got inspiration from this...("Wolf Creek").

3½/5


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