Blind Terror – 1971 | 89 mins | Thriller, Crime | Colour
Written by Brian Clemens, this Wait until Dark spiral staircase-type thriller is built on a half-baked premise that is too ridiculous and littered with red herrings as to sustain believability. Director Fleischer gradually builds up the suspense but there are minimal shocks in store and the film drifts after a promising opening. Mia Farrow’s delicate, sympathetic and later agonising performance makes her a likeable heroine.
Sarah (Mia Farrow) is a young woman recently blinded in a riding accident who has returned home to her relative’s country manor after recovering in hospital. As her Uncle George (Robin Bailey) drives to the railway station to collect his niece, he inadvertently splashes an unseen pedestrian, and has a minor altercation with the same individual when returning. The following day George discovers his Mercedes has been keyed;again by the mystery cowboy-booted stranger.
Meanwhile, Sarah has met with her boyfriend, Steve (Norman Eshley), he wishes to ‘pick up where we left off’, but she insists ‘things aren’t quite the same’ and has planned to move to London to train as a physiotherapist. When Sarah awakes the following morning the manor is eerily quiet – unbeknown to Sarah, her aunt, uncle, and their daughter all lie about the house murdered. The family gardener,Barker (Brian Rawlinson), lies fatally wounded and with his dying breath points to an engraved bracelet left by the murdering maniac. The killer is back at his flat attempting to erase any evidence of the slaughter – and realises he hasleft his bracelet at the manor house.
Richard Fleischer: Director
John Hoesli: Art Direction
Gerry Fisher: Cinematography
Evelyn Gibbs: Costume Design
Thelma Connell: Film Editing
Betty Glasow: Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn: Makeup Department
Elmer Bernstein: Original Music
Brian Clemens: Script
Bob Allen: Sound Department
Colin Miller: Sound Department
Ken Scrivener: Sound Department
Mia Farrow: Sarah
Dorothy Alison: Betty Rexton
Robin Bailey: George Rexton
Diane Grayson: Sandy Rexton
Brian Rawlinson: Barker
Norman Eshley: Steve Reding
Paul Nicholas: Jacko
Michael Elphick: Gypsy Tom