Night Must Fall

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Albert Finney stars in this second film version of Emlyn Williams thriller about an innocent looking but psychopathic killer named Danny. Danny is a Welsh hotel bellboy who commits an axe murder near the home of Mrs. Bramson (Mona Washbourne), a well-to-do widow. Danny disposes of the body in a nearby lake and charms Mrs. Bramson and her maid Dora (Sheila Hancock) into allowing him to stay with them. At Mrs. Bramson's home, Danny plays psychological games with Mrs. Bramson while seducing her daughter Olivia (Susan Hampshire). Meanwhile, alone in his room, Danny engages in strange rituals with the severed heads of his victims, which he keeps in a black hatbox. But the police have uncovered the axe and the headless corpse from the lake, and the authorities begin closing in on Danny, whose psychopathic tendencies are beginning to manifest themselves at Mrs. Bramson's home. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


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  • Feb 06, 2008
    By no means a masterpiece but a very good little thriller from the 60s. Albert Finney plays the psychotic axe murderer Danny, who along the way tries to seduce his wealthy employer's daughter. Finney puts in a very good performance and shows that he can tackle the darker roles too (the year prior ...(read more)to Night Must Fall he starred in the surprise hit Tom Jones). Some say that Finney overacted in this film which is somewhat true, but I still found his performance intriguing. Being said though his Welsh accent was pretty hard to make out at times. The supporting cast also put in top performances, most noticable being Mona Washbourne as the elderly employer fighting for Danny's attention, and Susan Hampshire as her daughter who falls for Danny only for him later to murder her mother. Visually the film is beautiful all thanks to Freddie Francis. Overall a fairly entertaining pschological thriller with a dash of the British new Wave style thrown in.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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