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Fright (1971)

PG | | Thriller | 30 May 1972 (USA)
Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old... See full summary »


Peter Collinson


Tudor Gates

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Credited cast:
Honor Blackman ... Helen
Susan George ... Amanda
Ian Bannen ... Brian
John Gregson ... Dr. Cordell
George Cole ... Jim
Dennis Waterman ... Chris
Tara Collinson Tara Collinson ... Tara
Maurice Kaufmann ... Inspector
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Constable (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brook Williams ... Dr. Peter Tompson (archive footage)


Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda's nerves on edge. The real terror begins, however, when the child's biological father appears after recently escaping from a nearby mental institution. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Just another normal night of babysitting...with a few exceptions. See more »




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Release Date:

30 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Alone and I'm Scared See more »

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Production Co:

Fantale Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In an interview with star Honor Blackman she said that she feared the young child in the film would have damaging repercussions from having been in scenes with intense violence. She said that there was no physical danger at all, as the 'shard of mirror glass' was really a fake prop, but worried the sheer intensity of the actors would be disturbing to the child. See more »


When Amanda walks out the door into the yard she is frightened by clothing which hits her in the face from a spinning clothesline. In a subsequent shot we see the back door & clothesline positions in relation to each other. It would be highly unlikely and next to impossible that somebody exiting the door would not notice the white clothes on a spinning clothesline and avoid them instead of walking into the path of the clothes. See more »


Inspector: How do you spell that word, "psychotic"?
Dr. Cordell: You may have to spell it M-U-R-D-E-R, murder, if you don't get someone over there quickly!
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Music by Harry Robertson (uncredited)
Words by Bob Barratt
Sung by Nanette
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Bumps in the night.
25 October 2004 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Looking for a dark, moody, even solemn movie? Give this one a turn. Fright is a thriller that relies more on sheer spookiness than out-and-out action.

Young Amanda is left alone to baby sit at a house in rural England. In the dead of night everything seems to put her on edge; noises outside the windows, a light bulb goes out, the creaking of the old house. Amanda tries to tell herself she is only being a chicken about it all, but what if there really is someone outside? What would she do-- if there was a knock at the door or a pale face peering through the window? That's just what she'll find out.

The title of this film turns out to be quite fitting as Fright grows from spooky atmosphere to intense suspense and finally a dramatic conclusion that's almost saddening. Collinson's direction is splendidly tight and builds to tremendous tension. Kudos go to a great cast, a haunting theme song, and to writer Tudor Gates for being the first to come up with the babysitter vs. madman thriller.

A dark film if there ever was one, Fright is a powerful and atmospheric thriller that should please anyone seeking some good chills without gory violence.

*** out of ****

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