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Stark Fear (1962)

A sadistic husband mentally tortures his wife, while eventually planning to murder her. Although no one believes her, she gets help from an unexpected source.

Directors:

Ned Hockman, Skip Homeier (uncredited)

Writer:

Dwight V. Swain (original screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Beverly Garland ... Ellen Winslow
Skip Homeier ... Gerald Winslow
Kenneth Tobey ... Cliff Kane
Hannah Stone Hannah Stone ... Ruth
George Clow George Clow
Paul Scovil Paul Scovil
Edna Newman Edna Newman
John Arville John Arville
Bruce Palmer Bruce Palmer
Carey Mount Carey Mount
Cortez Ewing Cortez Ewing
Robert Stone Robert Stone ... (as Bob Stone)
Barbara Freeman Barbara Freeman
Darlene Dana Reno Darlene Dana Reno
Joseph Benton Joseph Benton
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"Stark Fear" is the story of Ellen Winslow, who hungers for affection but finds herself chained to a hate-warped husband Gerald. Ellen gets a job, which is more than George seems to be able to do, but he disappears in a jealous rage, but Ellen's sense of loyalty and duty won't let her abandon him, so she goes looking for him in his home town. Gerald attacks her anew, and she is subjected to painful humiliation and abuse by Gerald's best friend, lecherous old Harvey Suggett, at a Comanche tribal dance. The hidden Gerald watches with sadistic delight. Ellen buries herself in her work, to forget her anguish, and falls in love with her employer, Cliff Kane, and they both take a business weekend at the "Little Switzerland" resort in Arkansas. Ellen tells Gerald that he is too emotionally warped for marriage and divorces him, and to prove she is wrong he tries to kill her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Beverly Garland says this is her least favorite of all the movies she's made. She also said that first-time director Ned Hockman walked off the set after disagreements with the cast and producers, and that co-star Skip Homeier finished directing the picture. See more »

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Some good creepy bits, but marriage fidelity is a head scratcher
15 January 2013 | by udar55See all my reviews

Ellen Winslow (Beverly Garland) has had enough of her controlling husband Gerald (Skip Homeier) after he gets all cranky on his birthday because she took a job with a Cliff Kane (Kenneth Tobey), a former business rival of his. He says he wants a divorce and splits, but she goes off to find him when his boss says he might be fired. She starts to delve into his past and realizes everything he has told her is lies. Meanwhile, with hubby nowhere to be found, she starts falling for Cliff. This Oklahoma-lensed flick has a few good scenes and some nice B&W photography. Oklahoma folks will no doubt get a kick out of the locations. The creepiest bit has Ellen trapped inside an organ repair shop while being stalked and the machines turn on. But the plot is too foreign to me in terms of its drama. I mean, the lead lady's big conflict is whether or not she should see someone while -- GASP! -- she is still legally married but separated. How the times have changed!


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