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Fear is a 1971 British psychotriller about a nanny and a boy who are terrorized by an escaped lunatic: the father of the child!
Directed by Peter Collinson (Open Season; Right through Morning; Penthouse) based on a script by Tudor Gates (Twins of Evil; Lust for a Vampire; Vampires in Love), Fantastic Stars – The British Lions honor Blackman, Susan George, Ian Bannen, John Gregson, Dennis Waterman and George Cole. Producers Harry Fine and Michael Style.
The score of the soundtracks was written by Harry Robertson (Ghoul; Legend of the werewolf; Demons of the mind; Countess Dracula; Regional Box; etc.).
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…the killer’s protruding shots are reflected in various objects, including the pendulum clock, and some nice general shots. The music Harry Robinson wrote is unimaginable, but it’s a kind of work […] So in general Fear is a decent psychopathic horror thriller, but it’s summed up by the fact that it’s based on a good idea that’s pushed to the limit, and with a script that doesn’t do the actors much good. Drawing: Overview
Where the fear scores are among the highest, it is almost a draw for every Halloween and Halloween robbery since then. He even strikes in mini-criticism Dennis Aquarius, who repeats: You can make a horror movie, and when the nanny Plague or Zombies is watching on TV, the sounds on the TV become the soundtrack of a psychopath trying to break into the house.
Tudor Gates’ shady and offensive scenario causes an unpleasant break with clichés and prejudices, causing more than a decent cast to go overboard. Peter Collinson’s staging lacks subtlety and originality in your face. Derek Winner
Collinson’s staging is the most ingenious of his time and offers a pleasant comparison between a restless mother in a restaurant and a helpless, frightened babysitter at home. There are real upheavals here, including one that really made me jump off the couch (I haven’t seen the movie for years), and even though the climax is a bit harsh and unpleasant, Fear is a very good little thriller that deserves a wider modern audience. dvd player
Directed by Peter Collinson, an eclectic storyteller who has created a handful of intense thrillers in addition to action films and dramas, Fear skilfully pushes the idea through, using exactly the elements one would expect from a similar film. The camera angles are low and shady, the idiots are cheap and suddenly the atmosphere is filled with sex. All films from the 70s
Of course there are some fears and some tension; a psychopath threatening a child with a big piece of broken glass should be. But he’s wrong too often, and every time a psychopath gets really angry, his chatter reminds you of an angry Yosemite Sam or the Tasmanian Devil, and when you try to scare people, these are characters that shouldn’t be staged. The best moments are closer to the beginning when a film effectively uses sound to attract attention. Fantasy music films and wanderings
The threatening nanny has still not been found in 1971, and there is a clear disconnection between Amanda’s strengthened position and her parents’ activities in the vibrant dance club. The 1971 Dance Club in the British cinema is really something to see, with huge figures among the dinner-goers. With a script written by horror specialist Tudor Gates (Vampire Durst) and the reserved director Peter Collinson (Italian work) there is a lot to do for British horror and film fans. Movie department
…has a feel for the ultra-brutality of these two other films from 1971 (the first film starring Susan George) – Straw Dogs and Clockwork Orange, but although the Fear film reaches a certain intensity of these two films, it lacks a real impact. It’s really very difficult to determine why it failed. It’s certainly shocking in some places… Hysteria is alive!
…is a story perhaps best suited to an hour-long television formula like Brian Clemens’ anthology series of thrillers. But Collinson holds visual interest using a few tricks, such as a very impressive shot in which Brian hallucinates his ex-wife’s face at Amanda’s, the camera starts with Blackman’s makeup and then panics to show George, all in two skilfully sculpted shots that look like a single smooth movement. Filmbrochure
Because Susan George is terribly good at threatening innocent blonde victims… and because Ian Bannen is a madman and a decent killer, Fear is a good thriller, by the way. But this disappointment comes from Peter Collinson, a talented young British director who founded the Penthouse in 1967. This is a real thriller. Roger Ebert, 7 years old. June 1972.
Ian Bannen’s psychopathic routine in part 2 belongs to the past, but Collinson generally keeps his actors under control and gets a convincing twist from the often underestimated Susan George. But the fear is tinged with random misogyny and sexism, which is not the case in the even larger Halloween thrillers and in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973). Rotate the image
This well-prepared British counterpart benefits from the beautiful and strong performance of George, Blackman and the psychopathic man Bennen. Terror attack
Fear is one of the first Nanny’s in Perile films, and it’s also pretty decent. The early scenes in which George is afraid of the scary house are pretty good, and the excellent sound design helps to sell all the false fears… However, the film ends in the gutter during the finale, where the police encircle the house. The tension here is a bit relaxed, and the scenes of child danger are rather bad taste. Vacuum for video
Selection dialogue :
Inspector: How do you spell the word psychopath?
Dr. Cordell: You might have to spell m-u-r-d-e-r, murder, if you don’t get somebody there soon!
The actors and characters:
Reverend Blackman… Helen
Susan George. Amanda
Jan Bannen… Brian
John Gregson… Dr. Cordell 109 George Cole… Jim
Dennis Aquarius Chris
Tara Collinson… Tara
Maurice Kaufman Inspector
Roger Lloyd Pak… Constable (as Roger Lloyd Packet)
Michael Brennan … Sergeant
Brooke Williams. Dr. Peter Thompson (archive footage)
Lewis Alexander … Man in restaurant (without accreditation)
Eileen Lewis … Woman in a restaurant (not accredited)
Shepherton Studio, Surrey, England.
Baby Less (working title)
I’m alone and I’m scared (American version of the title)
Technical details :
George Cole and Dennis Waterman are credited with joint successes that anticipate their future leading role in the series Minder.
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