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Fear in the Night (1972)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | October 1974 (USA)
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A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, and finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man, but nobody believes her.


Jimmy Sangster


Jimmy Sangster (screen-play), Michael Syson (screen-play)





Complete credited cast:
Judy Geeson ... Peggy Heller
Joan Collins ... Molly Carmichael
Ralph Bates ... Robert Heller
Peter Cushing ... The Headmaster / Michael Carmichael
James Cossins ... The Doctor
Gillian Lind ... Mrs. Beamish
Brian Grellis Brian Grellis ... 2nd Policeman
John Bown John Bown ... 1st Policeman


In London, twenty-two year-old Peggy Heller (Judy Geeson) meets and marries school teacher Robert Heller (Ralph Bates) after recovering from a nervous breakdown. Robert works in the countryside in a private school owned by headmaster Michael Carmichael (Peter Cushing), who is married to Molly Carmichael (Dame Joan Collins). On the eve of moving to the country with her husband, Peggy spends the night at the boarding house of Mrs. Beamish (Gillian Lind) and is attacked by a man with a mechanical arm in her room. Mrs. Beamish calls the doctor, but they do not believe Peggy. The next morning, she heads with Robert to the country and moves into the cottage in the school. Soon, Peggy is attacked by the same man, but Robert does not believe her. Then she meets the Headmaster and realizes that he has a mechanical arm. What will happen next? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


This was the last of three films directed by Jimmy Sangster. The others were The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Lust for a Vampire (1971). Ralph Bates appeared in all three films. See more »


Peggy Heller: Bob, I was attacked, I was! You don't believe me, do you?
Robert Heller: I believe you think you were attacked.
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Featured in Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989) See more »

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After recovering from a nervous breakdown, a young woman goes to stay with her teacher-husband at a seedy British boys' school where further terrors await her.
14 September 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

Often effective British thriller features a tip-top cast(Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Bates, Judy Geeson), but suffers from a lack of originality as this is, for the most part, a rehash of similar motifs explored in earlier British horror films like PARANOIAC and NIGHTMARE, which themselves derived from the brilliant French thriller DIABOLIQUE. Still, the good outweighs the bad and there are plenty of nice, genuine jolts.

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Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynasty of Fear See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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