I looked forward to Black Noon as it had had some reasonable write-ups in various places. Unfortunately, I ended up being disappointed by the eventual work after seeing it. The film seemed to take forever to arrive at its horror elements. Right up until the end, all we get is Roy Thinnes having nightmares of being pursued by a man covered in blood and cutaways to Yvette Mimieux in her shed poking pins into voodoo dolls. It is not very clear where all of it is going. We eventually get the impression that we are in a standard Sinister Town Where No-One Can Leave scenario but the film seems very laidback about building this into anything sinister. The pace is very sedate it looks and feels like a typical tv movie of the era.
The film arrives at an abrupt ending that leaves more questions than it does answers. I am not sure I fully followed the explanation of what is going on something to do with the townspeople being immortal and/or descendents of the witches of Salem. It is said they have drawn Roy Thinnes there variously because the town needs a preacher but also, in an ending akin to The Wicker Man (1973), because they need a human sacrifice. We are also left not entirely sure who Henry Silvas villainous gunslinger in black is meant to be. It is suggested that he is the personification of Death whom the townspeople have made a pact with for immortality, although it is not clear why he is also pressuring them to pay up gold from the mine.
The film has an impressive cast line-up, including Roy Thinnes who became a star as a result of the cult tv series The Invaders (1967-8) and his wife Lyn Loring who also plays Thinness wife here; Yvette Mimieux who became a name after appearing as Weena in The Time Machine (1960) and went on to several other genre roles; Gloria Grahame, an actress who had had some popularity in the 1940s, including appearing in Its a Wonderful Life (1946) and being nominated for an Academy Award for Crossfire (1947); and Ray Milland who appeared in a number of horror films, including several for Roger Corman. The most fascinating name on the credits is Hank Worden who is cast as one of the townspeople and played mostly in Westerns where he was a regular in John Waynes stock company but is mostly remembered by genre purveyors as the geriatric waiter in tvs Twin Peaks (1990-1).
Bernard L. Kowalski made various B movies with the likes of Night of the Blood Beast (1958) and Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959). Kowalski directed a great deal of television between the 1960s and 90s and is known for films such as Krakatoa: East of Java (1966) and one subsequent monster movie SSSSSSSS! (1973). Andrew J. Fenady was a tv producer, then known as creator of the show The Rebel (1959-61) and producer of Branded (1965-6). Fenady dabbled in several genre tv movies with The Woman Hunter (1972) and The Stranger (1973), and the theatrically-released films Arnold (1973) and Terror in the Wax Museum (1973).
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