Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fear in the Night|
Actors: Judy Geeson, Joan Collins, Ralph Bates, Peter Cushing, James Cossins
Director: Jimmy Sangster
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
GOOD THRILLER FROM HAMMER!!!
SwellBooks | Park Ridge, IL | 04/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Judy Geeson ("TO SIR, WITH LOVE") is a newly married young woman who keeps getting attacked by a one-armed man and nobody believes her, probably because she just had a nervous breakdown. She and her hubby (RALPH BATES) move into a cottage at the country school where he is a teacher and more attacks occur. This is a well cast, well writen thriller and one of Hammer's better film's of the 70's. Geeson is very good as the jumpy heroine as is Peter Cushing as the odd headmaster of the school. Joan Collins (pregnant at the time) is also good as Cushing's wife in a small role. I liked the creepy atmosphere of the empty "school" and found the story and it's surprise ending very satisfying. The DVD is the usual fine disc I've come to expect from ANCHOR BAY. The anamorphic widescreen picture is crystal clear and the sound is very pleasing. A trailer, audio commentary with writer/producer/director Jimmy Sangster and liner notes are the extra's. If your looking for a fine, old-fashioned thriller, this is it. Highly recommended! Enjoy! -George Bauch."
Last Hammer thriller from writer/director Jimmy Sangster
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 06/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hammer referred to them as "mini-Hitchcock's". Fear in the Night is the last in a series of fine thrillers Hammer made during their long successful run. Director/writer Jimmy Sangster (screenwriter on Horror of Dracula, Curse and Revenge of Frankenstein among many others)creates a fine atmospheric thriller.The story centers around a young woman (Judi Geeson) who has recently had a nervous break down and a one armed man that may or may not be still stalking her. Her husband (Ralph Bates) is given a post at a new boy's school. The stalkings continue and she suspects at one point that the headmaster (nicely played by Peter Cushing in a glorified cameo)may have something to do with all that's going on. Joan Collins also appears as the flirty headmaster's wife.Adapted from a script that Sangster had sold to Universal years before, Fear in the Night has been seldom seen since its initial release in 1972. While it isn't the best thriller produced by Hammer, it recaptures some of the studio's more atmospheric productions from the early to mid-60's. The cinematography is evocative and helps create both the mood and tension of the piece. While Hammer puttered on for a number of years after Fear in the Night was produced, it was truly the last strong production from the studio. When it was released it was paired with another thriller Straight On Till Morning and the double bill failed to find an audience. Shortly after its release, Jimmy Sangster and Hammer severed their long partnership. It's a pity as Fear is an intelligent suspense thriller the type that Hollywood has forgotten how to produce. The DVD transfer is crisp althought I found the colors to be a little washed out. Given the stock used and the time when the film was produced, it's not that much of a surprise. Still, the print is clean and in almost prisitine condition all things considered. The DVD also has a running commentary by writer/director Jimmy Sangster that is most enlightening. He provides both the context within which the film was produced at Hammer and a good overview as to why it may have failed to find an audience. Given that it came out around the same time as Hitch's brutal Frenzy, it probably suffered in comparison."
Good cast given little to do.
Birthe Jrgensen | Odense, Denmark | 08/12/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of those early 70's thrillers, you always think could've been just a little bit better. The dialogue is dull and repetitive, but there are some good things, too. -A nice eerie and spooky tension, so typical for its day. (Something completely lacking in modern-day thrillers; more interested in entertaining their audience with action as stand-in for atmosphere.) The cast is another plus. Now, a movie featuring Peter Cushing, Ralph Bates and Judy Geeson can't be all that bad. -And it isn't, but one still can't help thinking, that a tiny bit more action would've been welcome in this case. The cast just isn't given much to do, especially the brilliant Bates. -No wonder he wanted out of the genre, making this his last film for "Hammer". Cushing has more of a cameo, but Geeson is superb as the wife in danger. All in all, an o.k. try, but..."
Wayne Klein | 01/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Overall I would rate this as a very good film. It's filled with a lot of tension and suspense and you expect things to jump out at every corner. The review of this film at the top gaves away the whole story so whatever you do, don't read it! I have read some negative reviews of this film from people who say that it's very slow moving, but that just adds to the suspense. And what Hammer film isn't slow moving?? Check it out for yourself. I was pleasantley surprised."