30 May 2024
Experiment in Terror (1962)
123 min.
Directed by Blake Edwards.
With Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Ross Martin, Roy Poole, Ned Glass, Wally Moon.
Blake Edwards' hip thriller makes for a solid suspense pic.

Pretty young Kelly Sherwood (Remick) is stalked by a homicidal asthmatic (Martin) who wants her to steal $100G from her job as a bank teller.

And if she doesn't? The killer will off both her and sister Powers.

So Kelly enlists the help of FBI agent Ford, but can the maniac be thwarted without some deadly collateral damage?

This stylish terror flick has some decent slasher overtones (the 'heavy breathing/garage attack' opener is nicely done). Remick and film noir vet Ford both deliver excellent performances, while the sufficiently creepy Martin (as psycho Red Lynch) keeps them on their toes as the menacing weirdo.

Perhaps a bit too long (particularly with the extended finale in San Francisco's Candlestick Park), but nevertheless smoothly done throughout and worth a watch.

Good score by composer Henry Mancini.

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