|Format||Import, PAL, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Ian Bannen, Michael Brennan, George Cole, Peter Collinson, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Dennis Waterman, John Gregson, Honor Blackman, Maurice Kaufmann, Tara Collinson, Susan George See more|
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Early 1970s British horror. Susan George stars as Amanda, a young babysitter who arrives at the isolated home of Helen and Jim Lloyd (Honor Blackman and George Cole) to look after their young son, Tara (Tara Collinson), for the evening. Shortly after the couple leaves, a series of frightening events set Amanda's nerves on edge - but the real terror begins when the child's biological father (Ian Bannen) turns up at the house after escaping from a nearby lunatic asylum. Dennis Waterman co-stars. ...Fright ( I'm Alone and I'm Scared ) ( Night Legs )
- Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Item Model Number : 5055201809506
- Director : Peter Collinson
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 85 minutes
- Actors : Susan George, Ian Bannen, John Gregson, George Cole, Roger Lloyd-Pack
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Studiocanal
- ASIN : B002V8FSB0
- Number of discs : 1
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As the movie goes on she is visited by her horny boyfriend played by Dennis Waterman. But there is someone else watching, and waiting to invade the house. I won't give more of the plot away as it would give everything away! This is, for the most part a nice thriller/horror that only the British could do so well back in the 70s. However there are plot holes aplenty, least when George early on explains that she knows the happenings and people in her small village and yet accepts the stalker as a neighbour. It is a major flaw and headache to get round that one, and yes it did bog the film down somewhat. At its best this is quite a chiller because director Peter Collinson keeps his camera very close to George which gives us a terrific atmosphere. The end holds tension quite well too. The stalker does his part, but labours on a bit.
Interesting to see Cole and Waterman here who would go on to such memorable fame together in the 1980s TV series MINDER. Though they don't share any scenes here. Roger Lloyd Pack famous for the character of Trigger in ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES plays a 5 lines and I'm done cameo. Director Collinson will be best remembered for directing THE ITALIAN JOB, written by Tudor Gates
I personally love them. Some classic British actors grace this film and through them it does deliver creepy tension. In short it's about a babysitter who is stalked by the baby's father who is an escaped psychotic mental patient. Best to stay away from this if you are a nervous babysitter! The only thing that ruins the film is the constant close ups of Susan George's breasts. Unnecessary but I suppose it was the 70s when that kind of thing is like today's clickbait. Recommended for a niche audience
Susan George does a competent girl next door in a crisis performance, though the pace of the film must have made it difficult for her.
Sometimes it is just nice to watch a movie that hasn't been stuffed with often pointless special effects.
It isn't quite good enough for four stars, but 3 might be just a bit stingy. Because I like looking at Susan in the era of the miniskirt, my personal score would be 3.5 stars, but it isn't the sort of film you could watch over and over again.
A good twist in the movie, and good to see Honor Blackman, Ian Bannen and, of course, Susan George. I won't spoil the plot...