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Fear in the Night (Dynasty of Fear) (Honeymoon of Fear) Reviews

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½ May 10, 2016
this is for the Hammer film starring Ralph Bates + Peter Cushing, for some reason Flixster has changed it into a page about some emo band
½ March 14, 2014
Snoozefest around woman's persistent attacks by a one-armed man which those around her dismiss simply as her imagination. It's actually part of an elaborate murder plot that makes a lot of assumptions and would have zero chance of success. Of interest only to see how much more patronizing Bates can be to his wife as the film progresses.
March 12, 2014
(38%)
A watchable murder thriller that gets by with a decent set of performances and good direction. It won't change the world, but it's far from terrible.
November 30, 2013
A Hammer horror with a contemporary setting, but its nowhere near as edgy than the period pieces we are used to seeing pre-1970's - but with Peter Cushing and Joan Collins in the cast list it has a presence at least.
½ December 21, 2012
The same title as the DeForest "It seemed as if my brain was handcuffed" Kelley vehicle but a very different beast; this is a late-period Hammer psychodrama with excellent acting (particularly Judy Geeson as Peggy, the mentally fragile girl who keeps getting attacked by a bounder in leather gloves - I suppose, as it's the early '70s, Alvin Stardust could be a suspect), some predictable yet satisfying twists in the tale, and a quite brilliantly eerie musical score by John McCabe.
½ November 5, 2012
The synopsis above is for a Fear Factory music video DVD! As far as I know Jimmy Sangster didn't direct that one though. The Hammer film is a solid psychological-thriller with a decent twist the kind of which has been used replicated quite frequently in recent years. The cast was strong and the plot was better than some of the recent Hammer productions.
½ October 27, 2012
Plodding and dated thriller. Another film with a very weak female lead character who is almost completely helpless to help herself after she is repeatedly attacked by a black-gloved assailant.
September 3, 2012
Late, but top quality Hammer suspense thriller--A decent thriller with plenty of twists!!
½ February 17, 2012
Good Hammer production of a woman seemingly being terrorized by a one armed man, but people dismiss it as a vivid imagination. That is until there is blood on the floor and she wont explain how it got there.
½ September 3, 2011
With Hammer trying to appeal to audiences of the 1970's, moving away from period pieces, to films set present day, Hammer veteran Jimmy Sangster directed this psychological horror that had been on Hammer's slate since 1963. It's a very unsettling piece with a good cast, and it felt like a new direction for Hammer then, but it was all too little, too late. This has Peggy Heller (Judy Geeson) being offered the position of a job in a posh boy's boarding school, she's just recovered from a nervous breakdown after a traumatic past. She moves into the grounds of the school with her husband Robert (Ralph Bates). However, nothing in this school is what it seems, and Peggy ends up getting attacked by a one-armed man at the school, but her doctor (Jimmy Cossins) doesn't believe her. And the schools headmaster's Mr. Carmichael (Peter Cushing), is quite sinister and his wife Molly (Joan Collins) is quite strict. However, it turns out the horrors are real, and Peggy has take desperate measures to survive, and Robert gets involved too, and even the school seems to be haunted. It's a complex horror, but it's very gripping. But, this is blessed with some good performances, and taut direction by Sangster. If only Hammer had continued more in this direction, instead of more Dracula and vampire films, they might just have survived.
½ April 13, 2011
A fairly blatant "Diabolique" rip-off.
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2010
Fear in the Night was a slow-starting almost paint-by-numbers Hammer film from the 70s. Its got that patented look that Hammer was famous for and hell, Peter Cushing even showed up for a few scenes in a pivotal role. The problem is that Fear in the Night was so dry and sparse that by the time they got to the actual action it was a case of too little, too late. It wasn't a horrible movie, but having to look at Judy Geeson's face and all the stupid looks it made for an hour while you waited for something to happen was pretty damn tortuous. Not Hammer's finest moment but not their worst either.
½ September 29, 2009
Plodding and dated thriller. Another film with a very weak female lead character who is almost completely helpless to help herself after she is repeatedly attacked by a black-gloved assailant.
September 18, 2009
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Super Reviewer
May 20, 2009
I don't know why this has been lumped in with a Fear Factory DVD (same title maybe?), this is the Hammer thriller with Joan Collins and Peter Cushing. The film itself is pretty decent, but once you know the twist it becomes a bit predictable.
March 6, 2009
creepy eerie tale from Hammer - with mixed results to be fair but certainly worth at least one watch
July 29, 2008
il film è del 72, non del 2002 come indicato nella scheda. Ron Jeremy era impegnato altrove (comincia a trombare circa 8 anni dopo), Pantera, Fear Factory e Dino Cazares sono ovviamente uno scherzo. La descrizione è ridicola; Fear in the night è uno strano episodio della storia Hammer, un film glaciale sulla dissoluzione di un rapporto che slitta di senso continuamente, non è un horror, non è un noir, è forse tutto questo nel senso più intimo e doloroso.Con uno splendido Peter Cushing che gioca come un illusionista sull'immaginario dei suoi ruoli tipici e organizza lo spazio della visione, metanoir? perbacco, altro che Craven. Una bellissima, sperduta, autistica Judy Geeson, Joan Collins tra crudeltà e puttanaggine, al solito.
½ April 6, 2008
Hammer has a stab at a psychological thriller and has mixed results.
Judy Geeson joins her new husband at a boys boarding school that is empty due to holidays, however Judy has recently suffered a breakdown, has possibly been attacked and things are not what they seem at the school. Is this all in her mind?
The first hour or so of this is pretty slow moving stuff, you can see the makers are trying to throw in clues/red herrings and build some tension but it's never quite interesting enough. Basically a 2 hander between Geeson and Ralph Bates with the occasional appearance from Joan Collins and Peter Cushing.
Things take a nice turn in the last 20 minutes or so but it does feel a bit like a padded out Tales of the Unexpected episode and could have done with being a 60 minute TV ep rather than a 90 minute feature to really work.
On a whole ok but could have been better.
½ March 28, 2008
A solid thriller with a quality cast - Judy Geeson is impressive - and some good twists.
½ February 9, 2008
A change of pace for Hammer, a contemporary-set psychological thriller, very atmospheric with a creeping sense of unease, full of twists and secrets. The cast are uniformly excellent and well-placed in their roles.
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