Experiment in Terror 1962

Experiment in Terror

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Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) is a bank teller who is terrorized by murderer "Red" Lynch (Ross Martin). Red, whose asthmatic voice is heard through his many terrifying phone calls, threatens to kill Kelly if she doesn't steal a large sum of money from the bank. In an attempt to ensure her compliance, Red begins to threaten those closest to Kelly. Despite her terror, Kelly involves the F.B.I., including Agent Ripley (Glenn Ford), who works to capture Red before the villain can get to Kelly.

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  • Oct 23, 2020
    If I taught a filming class I'd have Experiment In Terror in the syllabus under "Opening Scenes," as director Blake Edwards does a phenomenal job of establishing suspense, mood, and detailing the movie's premise in the first ten minutes. Credit goes to Henry Mancini's memorable score and Lee Remick's woman-in-danger lead role.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2015
    Blake Edwards' taut-suspense classic about a beautiful bank clerk, played wonderfully by Lee Remick who is terrorized by a murderous asthmatic-voiced extortionist, chilling played by Ross Martin, that is planing to use her to steal a $100,000 from the bank where she works. An FBI agent, superbly played by Glenn Ford, that Remick managed to contact is now aiding her in trying to apprehended the psychotic Martin who has threaten to kill her and her young sister. Exceptional direction by Edwards, who gives his thriller some serious edge-of-your-seat moments. Solid, convincing supporting performances by Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole, Ned Glass, and Aita Loo. Glorious black & white cinematography by Phillip H. Lathrop, and a great Henry Manicini score. A realistic and compelling motion picture thriller. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2011
    If you have patience to sit around & wait for something to happen then watch this movie but if you don't........ I found Experiment In Terror to be boring & the only thing I enjoyed about it was the opening scene & the bathroom scene towards the end.Other then that, I felt like I was watching some cheap old low budget B/W cops Vs. criminal B movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2010
    like a bridge between film noir detective stories and the modern thriller, this really was an experiment on the part of blake edwards, much better known for his light comedies. made immediately after the charming if over-rated breakfast at tiffany's, the film pioneered techniques used to great effect by depalma among others in the 80's. it looks a little dated now but this is a solid and influential piece of work
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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