Fright (I'm Alone and I'm Scared) (Night Legs) (1971)
Movie InfoYoung 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.
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Proof that us Brits can make a better film than "Halloween" and do it many years before! Well, alright so it's not really better but it is certainly more believable! There's no way that John Carpenter didn't have knowledge of this either.
Susan George looks amazing in it and acts her heart out... almost literally! She goes from just scared to full blown hysteria in about an hour! And then things start getting really sadistic...
It's also interesting to see George Cole and Dennis Waterman in a film together ages before they were partnered as Arthur and Terry in ITV's "Minder". Don't expect any humour here though.
I think the PG rating severely underestimates the scare factor of this movie. You'll be on the edge of your seat with suspense nearly all the way through.
The housebound action is all very claustophobic and atmospheric with a really good Amicus quality too even though it isn't actually by them. The director, Peter Collinson, also made "The Italian Job".
If you can find it anywhere this really is the perfect thing for Hallowe'en.
Fright is a really good if not great thriller suspense horror movie straight from britain, When a babysitter named Amanda arrives to take care of the Lloyds 3 year old son everything seems nice and normal just parents wanting a night on the town but soon after they leave strange noises are heard threw out the house sending the babysitter on edge of course that is till the boys real father shows up recently escaped from the mental hospital thats when the fun starts as she is terrorized non stop untill the police and parents arrive back home. Really worth a watch for those fans that love suspenseful horrorMore
Not a horror film, as it seems, but a really well made suspense flick.
Now the script isn't amazing, but what Peter Collinson does with it is. It's perfect evidence of how storytelling in films rests so much in the hands of the director. Collinson composes so incredible shots, and utilizes longer shots, camera movement and zooms to great effect. His directing style is really solid and effective and makes this film incredibly watchable, where a lesser director could have made it boring as all hell.
He really splits the acts in this film, and shifts moods seemlessly as this film really seems like three movies in one, yet it never ends up being disorienting.
Although this is only the second film I've seen of his, and supposedly one of his worst along with the other, Tomorrow Never Comes, he is quickly becoming a favourite of mine.
Filmmaking aside, Susan George is nothing to sneeze at and for someone like me, make a film worth watching.
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