FEAR IN THE NIGHT
DYNASTY OF FEAR
One can pull the coincidences in Fear in the Night apart but it does work. It works particularly from the directors chair where Jimmy Sangster demonstrates a slick ability in telling an economically constructed film. All the twists work effectively. Sangster constructs some nice shocks particularly good is the opening shot, a soft-focus pan across a prettily arranged tennis court with sweet choral voices in the background to arrive at a pair of legs hanging from a tree in the foreground. The attack on Judy Geeson in the bathroom where she pulls the attackers wooden arm off is another good shock effect, as is the shot where Peter Cushing raises his hand to help her untie her scarf, she not seeing the wooden arm behind his back. Or his pursuit of her through the school, keeping on coming with shattered glasses even after she shoots him at point-blank range.
Judy Geeson is a pallid wimp but Peter Cushing is as always good and Joan Collins gets her teeth into a super-bitch role with considerable relish. Following Joan Collinss success in the prime time soap Dynasty (1981-9), Fear in the Night was with a deft commercial chutzpah released on video as Dynasty of Fear.
Jimmy Sangsters other genre scripts are: X the Unknown (1956), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula/The Horror of Dracula (1958), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Mummy (1959), The Brides of Dracula (1960), the psycho-thrillers A Taste of Fear/Scream of Fear (1961), Paranoiac (1962), Maniac (1963), Nightmare (1963), Hysteria (1965), The Nanny (1965) and Crescendo (1970), and Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966), all for Hammer. Sangsters non-Hammer scripts are the medical vampire film Blood of the Vampire (1958), the alien invasion film The Trollenberg Terror/The Crawling Eye (1958), Jack the Ripper (1959), the Grand Guignol psycho-thriller Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971), the tv movie psycho-thrillers A Taste of Evil (1971) and Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973), the occult tv movie Good Against Evil (1977), the occult film The Legacy (1979), the spy tv movies Billion Dollar Threat (1979) and Once Upon a Spy (1980), the psycho-thriller Phobia (1980) and the story for Disneys The Devil and Max Devlin (1981).