"Well is it not the same that I drag you down?"
Amy, a departed friend.
Horror Movie Challenge 15/30
Wait Until Dark directed by Terence Young (1967)
Holy smokes, this was spectacular. I wonder why this isn’t a bigger deal in the history of cinema. Adapted from a stage play, we have Audrey Hepburn playing a super-convincing, newly blind woman whose husband has been given, unbeknownst to them, a fair amount of heroin. Dealer and thug, Alan Arkin, is hellbent on getting it back.
The plot is easy to follow, but difficult to explain. Basically, it involves a spunky tween and a blind lady teaming up to defeat the wiles of three hardened New York City criminals. Not a horror movie per se, but a damn good psychological thriller with some truly terrifying moments. What was most interesting to me was the way the protagonist’s blindness eventually becomes less of a handicap and more of an advantage when pitted against some cruel guy that wants to murder her, and the unavoidable themes of gender, control, disability, etc. etc.
Superb in every way, and a big thanks to Dan Drake for suggesting this fine film.
The Score: 9.0/10
All time classssssic. So glad you liked it. Everyone should read Maureen’s Halloween Film Fest series, happening now at whatarebirds dot tumblr dot com.
24 March 2013