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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 A Devil in Spain: An Interview with Judy Geeson (2015) See more »

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Good Classic Hammer Film
21 April 2015 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

A great story and cast! A suspenseful horror-thriller! Worth watching if you like the classics! The casting in this movie is wonderful - everyone was great in this movie. Judy Geeson plays Peggy Heller so wonderfully... I felt so sorry for her. Ralph Bates plays Robert Heller a man who seemly is in-love with his young wife Peggy. Joan Collins plays Molly Carmichael - snooty rich woman. Peter Cushing is The Headmaster Michael Carmichael - a strange gentleman.

The movie does build an amount of suspense and it does have it's thrilling moments. It makes a wonderful late-at-night film. Not overly scary but definitely suspenseful and thrilling!


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Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynasty of Fear See more »

Company Credits

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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