The Desperate Hours Reviews
Humphrey is not known for his villain roles, but he plays Griffen with real menace. He and his brother and a nitwit named Kobish take a family hostage, and the tension is so thick you can cut it like butter. The class conflict is very apparent, with Griffen jealous of the nice clothes and closeness of the family unit.
Based on a play, the movie manages to keep most of the tension in the house. Whenever they go elsewhere, the focus seems to wander and the movie loses its pace about an hour and a half into the film. They really drag the last act until the final scene, with some great acting from both Bogart and Fredrich March.
A taut thriller that is still entertaining to this day.