|FEAR IN THE NIGHT (DYNASTY OF FEAR) (HONEYMOON OF FEAR) (director/writer: Jimmy Sangster; screenwriter: Michael Syson; cinematographer: Arthur Grant; editor: Peter Weatherley; music: John McCabe; cast: Judy Geeson (Peggy Heller), Peter Cushing (The Headmaster/Michael Carmichael), Joan Collins (Molly Carmichael), Ralph Bates (Robert Heller), Gillian Lind (Mrs. Beamish), James Cossins (The Doctor), John Brown (1st Policeman), Brian Grellis (2nd Policeman); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Jimmy Sangster; Hammer; 1972-UK)|
|"The story was constructed in too
much of a mechanical way to excite me."
by Dennis Schwartz
Sangster ("The Horror of Frankenstein"/"Lust
for Vampire") competently helms this 'damsel in
distress' psycho thriller, one that he co-writes with
believes Peggy Heller (Judy Geeson),
just released from a mental institution, when she
claims she was attacked by a man with a wooden arm.
Peggy's new hubby, Robert Heller (Ralph
Bates), a country prep school teacher and
the headmaster's wife Molly Carmichael
scheme to provoke her to murder the elderly deranged
headmaster (Peter Cushing). The
headmaster cracked up and has never recovered from a
fire he caused 10 years ago that destroyed his school,
killed many pupils and left him with an artificial
arm. To protect herself, Peggy totes a shotgun.
story was constructed in too much of a mechanical way
to excite me.
REVIEWED ON 5/2/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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