Fear in the Night Reviews

  • Oct 28, 2019

    Good Cornell Woolrich adaptation with a capable cast acaptures the author's nightmarish noir atmosphere quite well.

    Good Cornell Woolrich adaptation with a capable cast acaptures the author's nightmarish noir atmosphere quite well.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    5/10. 56/100

    5/10. 56/100

  • Apr 19, 2012

    Very good noir with a young DeForrest "Bones" Kelly contains interesting visual effects. Understated, stylish and straightforward direction. Better than you might expect with an interesting structure and story.

    Very good noir with a young DeForrest "Bones" Kelly contains interesting visual effects. Understated, stylish and straightforward direction. Better than you might expect with an interesting structure and story.

  • Apr 17, 2012

    Neat low budget noir based on Cornell Woolrich's short story, with some decent surreal touches and effects.

    Neat low budget noir based on Cornell Woolrich's short story, with some decent surreal touches and effects.

  • Mar 12, 2012

    "It seemed as if my brain was handcuffed" A young DeForest Kelley (looking remarkably like the comedian Stewart Lee) dreams that he stabs someone in an octagonal mirrored room then stuffs the body in a cupboard. When he awakes he finds the key to the cupboard and a button he dreamt he lost in the struggle in his pocket. What the dickens is going on? A pretty good noir which mostly manages to hide the fact that it was filmed on a micro-budget. It's lifted above the ordinary by a decent script based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich which retains a lot of Woolrich's snappy dialogue. DeForest Fruits wasn't much of an actor though. Damn it Spock!

    "It seemed as if my brain was handcuffed" A young DeForest Kelley (looking remarkably like the comedian Stewart Lee) dreams that he stabs someone in an octagonal mirrored room then stuffs the body in a cupboard. When he awakes he finds the key to the cupboard and a button he dreamt he lost in the struggle in his pocket. What the dickens is going on? A pretty good noir which mostly manages to hide the fact that it was filmed on a micro-budget. It's lifted above the ordinary by a decent script based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich which retains a lot of Woolrich's snappy dialogue. DeForest Fruits wasn't much of an actor though. Damn it Spock!

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jan 13, 2012

    A man awakes after a dream of murdering a stranger only to find actual evidence of the deed on his person. Was it only a dream or did he kill someone? DeForrest Kelley in his first lead role is pretty good as a guy losing his grip in this noir- ish thriller from the late 40's.

    A man awakes after a dream of murdering a stranger only to find actual evidence of the deed on his person. Was it only a dream or did he kill someone? DeForrest Kelley in his first lead role is pretty good as a guy losing his grip in this noir- ish thriller from the late 40's.

  • Sep 22, 2011

    Ok, this is a little film noir from 1947. You can stream this one for free on Netflix or for free at Archive.org. Fear in the Night is about a man (Vince) who has a terrible nightmare in which, he kills a man in a strange mirrored room. When he wakes up he discovers that he has blood on his wrist on bruises on his neck just like in his dream. Slowly Vince begins to realize that he may have actually committed the murder that he dreamed about. In a panic Vince enlists the aid of his brother in law Cliff and the two of them try to figure out what happened before Vince is arrested for murder. You can tell right away that this was made on a modest budget and some of the acting is pretty atrocious but, it's an interesting crime drama and was an enjoyable watch. This movie was re-made with the same director in 1956 with Edward G. Robinson. This time it was called Nightmare. This is the feature film debut of DeForest Kelley who later went on to play "Bones" on Star Trek.

    Ok, this is a little film noir from 1947. You can stream this one for free on Netflix or for free at Archive.org. Fear in the Night is about a man (Vince) who has a terrible nightmare in which, he kills a man in a strange mirrored room. When he wakes up he discovers that he has blood on his wrist on bruises on his neck just like in his dream. Slowly Vince begins to realize that he may have actually committed the murder that he dreamed about. In a panic Vince enlists the aid of his brother in law Cliff and the two of them try to figure out what happened before Vince is arrested for murder. You can tell right away that this was made on a modest budget and some of the acting is pretty atrocious but, it's an interesting crime drama and was an enjoyable watch. This movie was re-made with the same director in 1956 with Edward G. Robinson. This time it was called Nightmare. This is the feature film debut of DeForest Kelley who later went on to play "Bones" on Star Trek.

  • Sep 04, 2011

    This is a fun little film noir even if the story didn't need to be feature length.

    This is a fun little film noir even if the story didn't need to be feature length.

  • Jun 14, 2011

    Debut film for DeForrest Kelly of 60's TV Star Trek fame as "Bones" is never better in this stylish nightmarish film of suspense. Perhaps because of Kelly's great performance (in my opinion), I never stopped watching this tale of crime, suspense, minimal romance, the wrongly accused, the hidden criminal. He really "makes" the film. Plot: A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real. Take on the film: I found this film noir very captivating, engrossing and innovative. A man has dreams, nightmares of killing somebody, but he really did? The question is did he do it of his own will? This is ONE film I can't tell too much of the plot. It gives too much away what I have already told. See this film, as I recommend so few. It takes a lot to impress me lately. This one did. Reviewers wrote, pro and con: 1 "All in all, a well-done treatment of a classic pulp story, outshining its grade-C noir origins. (For all the Trekkies, DeForest Kelly, aside from being younger and skinnier, acts exactly as he did in Star Trek 20 years later. And, though he's now several years the senior of the average Wal-Mart greeter, looks exactly like he does now.)" ---Austin Chronicle 2 "A strong cast and a creative script make this a film that lovers of classic mystery movies need to see." ----- RT's SteveMiller 3 "This is far from a great movie; it's not even really a good noir, but Kelley's rare lead performance is fascinating and he makes us care about what happens. Anyone who is into Star Trek classic will probably be as quickly hypnotized by his young non-baggy-eyed presence as Deforest is by the badguys."---- by secgrat 4 "With a brisk running time of 70 minutes, cheap sets, and dodgy acting the film is able to move along with it's silly over the top but plausable plot and there is enough mystery and suspense to keep you mildly interested. Dream sequences, suicide attempts and chase scenes add to the limited action."---- RT's Matt the Hat NOTES about the film: 1 The film was remade by the same director in 1956 with the title Nightmare this time starring Edward G. Robinson playing the detective. 2 Film quote that tells it all: "I've got an honest man's conscience... in a murderer's body." Directed by Maxwell Shane Produced by William H. Pine, William C. Thomas Written by Cornell Woolrich (story Nightmare as William Irish), Maxwell Shane Starring Paul Kelly ... Cliff Herlihy DeForest Kelley ... Vince Grayson Ann Doran ... Lil Herlihy Kay Scott ... Betty Winters Charles Victor ... Captain Warner Robert Emmett Keane ... Lewis Belknap, aka Harry Byrd Jeff York ... Deputy Torrence (as Jeff Yorke) Music by Rudy Schrager (what music?) Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) April 18, 1947 (US premiere) Running time 72 min .

    Debut film for DeForrest Kelly of 60's TV Star Trek fame as "Bones" is never better in this stylish nightmarish film of suspense. Perhaps because of Kelly's great performance (in my opinion), I never stopped watching this tale of crime, suspense, minimal romance, the wrongly accused, the hidden criminal. He really "makes" the film. Plot: A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real. Take on the film: I found this film noir very captivating, engrossing and innovative. A man has dreams, nightmares of killing somebody, but he really did? The question is did he do it of his own will? This is ONE film I can't tell too much of the plot. It gives too much away what I have already told. See this film, as I recommend so few. It takes a lot to impress me lately. This one did. Reviewers wrote, pro and con: 1 "All in all, a well-done treatment of a classic pulp story, outshining its grade-C noir origins. (For all the Trekkies, DeForest Kelly, aside from being younger and skinnier, acts exactly as he did in Star Trek 20 years later. And, though he's now several years the senior of the average Wal-Mart greeter, looks exactly like he does now.)" ---Austin Chronicle 2 "A strong cast and a creative script make this a film that lovers of classic mystery movies need to see." ----- RT's SteveMiller 3 "This is far from a great movie; it's not even really a good noir, but Kelley's rare lead performance is fascinating and he makes us care about what happens. Anyone who is into Star Trek classic will probably be as quickly hypnotized by his young non-baggy-eyed presence as Deforest is by the badguys."---- by secgrat 4 "With a brisk running time of 70 minutes, cheap sets, and dodgy acting the film is able to move along with it's silly over the top but plausable plot and there is enough mystery and suspense to keep you mildly interested. Dream sequences, suicide attempts and chase scenes add to the limited action."---- RT's Matt the Hat NOTES about the film: 1 The film was remade by the same director in 1956 with the title Nightmare this time starring Edward G. Robinson playing the detective. 2 Film quote that tells it all: "I've got an honest man's conscience... in a murderer's body." Directed by Maxwell Shane Produced by William H. Pine, William C. Thomas Written by Cornell Woolrich (story Nightmare as William Irish), Maxwell Shane Starring Paul Kelly ... Cliff Herlihy DeForest Kelley ... Vince Grayson Ann Doran ... Lil Herlihy Kay Scott ... Betty Winters Charles Victor ... Captain Warner Robert Emmett Keane ... Lewis Belknap, aka Harry Byrd Jeff York ... Deputy Torrence (as Jeff Yorke) Music by Rudy Schrager (what music?) Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) April 18, 1947 (US premiere) Running time 72 min .

  • Aj V Super Reviewer
    Sep 05, 2010

    Did DeForest Kelley/Dr. "Bones" McCoy kill someone? He's not sure if it was a dream or reality. It was interesting to see Kelley in an older movie, but the movie isn't that great itself. It's just okay.

    Did DeForest Kelley/Dr. "Bones" McCoy kill someone? He's not sure if it was a dream or reality. It was interesting to see Kelley in an older movie, but the movie isn't that great itself. It's just okay.