SEE NO EVIL
Brian Clemens essentially reworks the basic set-up of the Audrey Hepburn-Alan Arkin thriller Wait Until Dark (1967), stripping away the contorted crime caper plot and turning it into a psycho-thriller. Clemens is unconcerned with anything more than the minimal set-up required to get to the cat-and-mouse game. Once there, Richard Fleischer is in his element with Mia Farrows character unaware of bodies in the bed next to her, the killer rifling the pockets of her clothes while she bathes and so on. Fleischers confident use of low-set, wide-angle lenses creates a strong sense of unease. Mia Farrow, the only recognizable name on board, is good. The films principal failing is the denouement where the unmasking of the killer comes without any significance.
Richard Fleischers other genre films are: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Fantastic Voyage (1966) about a miniaturized submarine journey inside the human body, the musical version of Doctor Dolittle (1967), The Boston Strangler (1968), the true life serial killer film 10 Rillington Place (1971), the over-populated future film Soylent Green (1973), Amityville 3-D (1983), and the Robert E. Howard adaptations Conan the Destroyer (1984) and Red Sonja (1985).
Brian Clemenss other scripts are: The Tell-Tale Heart (1960), Curse of the Voodoo/Curse of Simba (1965), And Soon the Darkness (1970), Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Ray Harryhausens The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), the Disney ghost story The Watcher in the Woods (1980) and Highlander II: The Quickening (1991). Clemens also wrote and directed Hammers Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1972). He has acted as script editor and producer on the tv series The Avengers (1962-9), The New Avengers (1976-8), The Professionals (1977-83) and Bugs (1995-8).