30 September 2014

The Night Walker (1964)
86 min.
Directed by William Castle.
With Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Lloyd Bochner, Judi Meredith, Rochelle Hudson, Hayden Rourke.
Grand gimmickmeister William Castle (1961's Homicidal) delivers up this tame but well acted thriller.

Wealthy socialite Irene Trent (Stanwyck) is plagued by terrifyingly realistic dreams...surreal nightmares of meetings and clandestine encounters with a mysterious stranger (Bochner).

But when Irene's miserly husband dies in a tragic explosion, her nightly visions begin to take on new meaning.

Has her husband returned from the grave to exact revenge for her philandering ways?

Can the family attorney (Taylor) be able to help her before it's too late?

Mildly enjoyable horror may be rather generically plotted but it's well paced and, if nothing else, serves to rejoin grande dame Stanwyck with her ex-husband Taylor.

Best scene? The loopy wedding chapel-wax dummy dream sequence.

Also known as The Dream Killer.

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