31 October 2014

See No Evil (1971)
90 min.
Directed by Richard Fleischer.
With Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey, Diane Grayson, Norman Eshley, Brian Rawlinson, Paul Nicholas, Christopher Mathews.
Enjoyable, uncluttered horror.

Sarah (Farrow) is a blind woman just released from a hospital who goes to stay with her uncle on his estate.

While Sarah is away from the house for the afternoon, a psychotic madman brutally murders her uncle, aunt and cousin. Leaving the house painfully quiet.

Sarah returns home, and spends that night in her bedroom...little realizing her cousin's dead corpse is in the same room!

In one of the film's most horrifying moments, she becomes aware of the carnage when she's about to take a bath and discover's her uncle's lifeless body in the bathtub.

Just then, the killer returns for an ID bracelet he left behind.

Will he be forced to kill the poor blind girl in order to cover his tracks? Or can the sightless Sarah turn the tables on the maniac and emerge alive?

Nice, taut suspense in this solid entry in the "blind woman in jeopardy" subgenre (think of this as an extension of 1967's Wait Until Dark).

Farrow (1976's The Haunting of Julia) delivers an admirable performance hitting all the right marks.

Also known as Blind Terror.

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