AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
And Then There Were None is included here because the play is a proto-slasher story indeed, it may well have been the first thriller to use an isolated setting a remote island lodge in the book/play, a seemingly abandoned Iranian hotel here with an unseen killer in the groups midst bumping members of the party off. The Italian giallo thriller definitely borrowed the model of this story see in particular Mario Bavas Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) and Twitch of the Death Nerve/Bloodbath (1971).
Harry Alan Towers is a low-budget exploitation producer best known for his Fu Manchu adaptations see The Face of Fu Manchu (1965) his Jesus Franco collaborations and numerous horror/sexploitation films. And Then There Were None is only one of Harry Alan Towers B-movies with an A cast list. The films one novelty was in being able to go on location in pre-Revolution Iran and shoot in the huge Shah Abbas Hotel in Isfahan. Being the only Western film ever shot in Iran gives the film a certain novelty value but in all other respects And Then There Were None is drearily dull. There is much skulking around the hotel but this is sloppily directed by Peter Collinson. Crucially, the film never engages in any of the adroit, sharp-witted suspense for which Agatha Christie is renowned and the films only interest is in waiting to find out the identity of the killer.
Other film adaptations of the story include:- And Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians (1945); Ten Little Indians (1965); a Russian version Ten Little Indians (1987); Ten Little Indians (1989), a later Harry Alan Towers remake that was also entitled Death on Safari and definitely moves over into horror territory; and the BBC tv mini-series remake And Then There Were None (2015). Hideo Nakatas Incite Mill (2010) was also made as a homage.
Director Peter Collinson made several other psycho-thrillers with the fine Fright (1971), Hammers Straight on Till Morning (1972) and the remake of The Spiral Staircase (1975). Collinson is probably best known for the original The Italian Job (1969).