Oct. 24, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST
Seriously, I'm actually starting to feel guilty about the fantasies I have about her.
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST
Great movie, another good film to pair it with is Brit effort Blind Terror (US title See No Evil) from 1971 which has a blind Mia Farrow pursued by a serial killer of whom all you ever see are a pair of cowboy boots. Written by Brian Clemens and directed by Richard Fleischer.
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST
More of a thriller, Thou you will enjoy dead and buried...
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST
So I believe this is the point she started doing it "for the money".
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST
Yeah, Blind Terror is pretty good... also really strong is a great little flick co-starring Mia's sister, Tisa Farrow, as a blind woman being terrorized called STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM.<BR><BR>Midnight, it's not a hack and slash horror movie, but there's a jump scare in the film that had me almost sailing off the couch and if you don't think Arkin is a horror character than I'd hate to see what really scares you because it'd probably make me crawl into a ball and weep.
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST
Well, this "for the money" role garnered her an Oscar nomination and was based off of a very well-known Broadway play. She did retire after this, popping back up in ROBIN & MARIAN with Connery and Shaw, but I don't think she felt like she was lowering herself in doing this film.
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST
I see. I didn't know anything about this film or about it. It's just weird seeing A. Hepburn on a 60s Horror flick.
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST
Bad movie, with some BRILLANT moments! (Don't wanna spoil anything, but...the car wreck!)
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST
by Mr Moneypenny
A friend gave me a copy of this when she orderd one too many online! Had never heard of it before and thought it little odd - Hepburn... Blind... Arkin... Psycho... Thriller/Horror?! But glad she got that extra DVD as its a cracking little picture that deserves more recognition. Almost to the point of being ripe for a sensitive remake - but then if it ain't broke...
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
But those shots of Arkin in those glasses and that haircut totally make me think--had age not been a factor--that he would have been a good Dr. Octopus for the Spiderman movies. <p> (But Alfred Molina still ruled.) <p> However, back the post at hand. Bravo did the scariest 100 movies and had this high on their list, and it's always intrigued me. But I was still hesitant to look into it. Your discussion of how good the film is on its merits (without even the "scary" aspect of it) has totally convinced me to get a copy of the film. Great review.
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST
My wife and I are huge fans of this film, and when the opportunity came to see it on Broadway with Marissa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino we jumped at it. It was fantastic...every piece of the production was great....everything EXCEPT Quentin who took on the Alan Arkin role. He was so weak on stage that every other great aspect about the show came down several notches...not his fintest moment....though Tomei, surprisingly, was good in the Hepburn role...still love the movie tho... --G
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST
I was looking thru the DVD section of a local store yesterday and thought about buying '...Dark'. I'm going back today for it. Thanks Quint. And you won't be disappointed with 'Dead and Buried'. One of my favorite tape rentals of the '80s
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST
This has got to be up there as one of the finest thrillers around....Alan Arkin ruled in this movie....
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST
but a mute movie: Mute Witness. freaking awesome flick.
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
by Josh Acid
...is all about the atmosphere. Yeah, overall it's kind of crappy with a weak central premise (that gets weaker the more you come to know about it), but I just love the foggy fishing village. It makes a good double feature with Carpenter's original The Fog (as long as you do Dead & Buried first). Oh, and Lisa Blount? Hotness.
Oct. 24, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST
Glad you finally discovered this gem of a film. Saw it when I was about 14 years old, and it scared the piss out of me.
Oct. 24, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST
I saw that a little over ten years ago. Tomei was fantastic and Tarantino...well...he wasn't bad, actually. I would disagree with above person b/c what Tarantino did is what Tarantino does. Instead of being singularly menacing, Roat's terror became a cocktail of horror and gallows humor. One thing they managed to recreate *very* well on stage: the great moment where Roat lurches out of the dark suddenly at Suzy.
Oct. 24, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
One of my favorite villains in any movie EVER. He's amazing in this movie. As for DEAD AND BURIED. It's an awesome movie...the first time I saw it it absolutley flawed me. Keep an eye out for Robert Englund and Tim Burtons ex girlfriend!
Oct. 24, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST
NOT TO MENTION IT HAS JACK ALBERTSON, CHARLIE!!!!
Oct. 24, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Oct. 24, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
Being damned old, I saw this first run at the Chieftan Theatre in 1967. The ads and movie posters at the time were cool and all had this line: "NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED DURING THE LAST 10 MINUTES OF THIS FILM!" And that was the case. In addition, at two different showings (I had to see it again), during the climatic ending, EVERY light....even the tiny footlights and EXIT signs was turned off. Imagine sitting in a pitch black theatre with several hundred people on the edge of their seats when Alan Arkin is stalking Audrey Hepburn...it was AWESOME! Great movie, crazy good score. Quint forgot to mention the little neighbor girl...small, but integral role in the thing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ! !
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST
i wish modern actresses did that. damn, we really lost something with her, didn't we?
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST
is so sweet.
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST
His character was a great villain. Audrey Hepburn should have done more thrillers because you are ten times more concerned about her than you would any other star. That last act was nailbiting.
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST
I remember picking it up based on a DVDFILE review and loving it. Your right, I forgot about the match bit but yeah, someone is going to steal that for some teenage slasher film and get credit for being 'awesome' from that douche on 'at the movies' I love Arkin. love this movie. Seriously though can we please devote time to how much of a douche that actor/critic is on At the Movies. Man I hate him.
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST
get it...Quint said, "But Hepburn smells something is off," and I said...nevermind...the best comedy is the kind that you have to explain
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST
Totally made me an Alan Arkin fan for life. I love the part where he whips out his weird little statue-knife and Crenna tries to fight him with a chair. That said, am I the only one who found Hepburn teetering on the edge of annoyingness? I think she does a great job overall, particularly in the end sequence, but there are parts in the early going where she's so oversweet she makes my teeth rot.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST
I add the mediocre film, EYES OF LAURA MARS to the list, with Faye Dunnaway; can't match up with Audrey.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
That's all that needs to be said.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST
Per the subject. And yes, Audrey Hepburn was something.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST
Say no more!
Oct. 24, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST
Not blind, but unable to see because of visions obscuring her sight. And co-written by John Carpenter I believe. And an early leading man role for Tommy Lee Jones, before the craggy set in.
Oct. 24, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST
Not trying to be a nerd here, but the Lisa Marie in D&B is not the Tim Burton's ex-girlfriend one. Different girl, same name. I have no life.
Oct. 24, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST
He had a spastic, lunatic energy but he could also reign it in. The LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE award was the definition of a career achievement Oscar.
Oct. 24, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST
Dude, you can use my name! It's easy...just scroll up. LOL. Tarantino just didn't do it for me in the play, though I will agree that the scene in the dark....and when the refrigerator opens....was done awesomely on stage. Is awesomely even a word? Maybe not. --G
Oct. 24, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST
Saw The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming last year on TCM, and Arkin was a delight in that also.
Oct. 24, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST
seriously, watch it again, it's really cheesy - and not in a good way. (Plus the ending makes no damn sense whatsoever.)
Oct. 24, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST
Haven't seen it in 30 years, so I may be remembering it fondly. Rene Auberjois does do a killer Lloyd Bridges though, I recall.
Oct. 24, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
Looking at those posters, I really think Jack Weston should have fired his agent and hired Efrem Zimbalist Jr's instead.
Oct. 24, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST
Great movie, but definitely not a horror flick. It's more of the suspense thriller variety, but no where near horror, or even a slasher. There's a good jump scene in there though. Worth a rental , but don't get it for a Halloween party or people will be pissy.
Oct. 24, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST
by The InSneider
Loved your take on it, Quint. This is the one I've been waiting for you to review the whole month. Might be my favorite film pre-70s. And I saw the stage versio with Quentin when I was 14. After the show, I leapt onstage and picked up the matches that he lit. There were 2 or 3 that were taped together so they'd burn longer, brighter and better. Last year when I interviewed him for Death Proof, I brought him those matches and he signed my Playbill. Top that shit motherfuckers!
Oct. 24, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST
Stephen King pointed out in his "Dance Macabre" that Arkin's Roat was one of the greatest depictions of screen evil and oh man, I couldn't agree more. "Roat" (which is probably the name of the last guy he killed)is a walking,talking instant terminal cancer and the movie clearly defines him in the first ten minutes..(If you do repeated viewings, you can pick up wonderful little 'Roat-isms' - note the way he absent-mindedly whiffs Hepburn's laundry while doing his opening speech.) Some critics complained that Roat's elaborate disguises and costumes seemed unneccessary(given that Hepburn's blind), but it's a perfect evocation of his character- he's everybody and nobody..he's death come knockin' at your door and he can take any shape he wants. One last goody about this movie - one of my alltime favorites. During the original theatrical run, Warners encouraged theatres to turn off their emergency lights during the final showdown between Arkin and Hepburn..thereby plunging the theatre into absolute total darkness. And let me tell you, this movie was one of the first to make an audience jump six feet out of their chairs.
Oct. 24, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST
...were just in case the little girl was there to blow his cover.
Oct. 24, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST
Not everything that has come out of her vagina have been retarded! <p> Seriously though, WAIT UNTIL DARK is an amazing film. Cheers for reviewing it. Everyone should see this in the cinema in a double feature with PSYCHO. That's how much respect I have for this film.
Oct. 24, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST
I still think this is pretty questionable "horror" territory. More like a thriller, or suspense. But hey, glad you saw it and loved it, because its one of my very favorites. If Alan Arkin appears in 50 movies a year for the rest of his life it'll be too few.
Oct. 24, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST
My wife's grandfather was a camera operator on that one (Blood Beach as well). We have a bunch of stills and a crew photo that I've tried like mad to find . . . oh, what the hell is name . . . Stan Winston.
Oct. 24, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST
Panic Room. Just not very good however.
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST
Hepburn was good, but holy hell, was Arkin awesome in this. I was always kinda "meh" on him until I saw this movie a couple years ago. Very impressive little suspense flick.
Oct. 24, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
i know exactly what you mean by "jump scare". there are several heart skipping moments but that one in specific... man it's great to hear an entire theater scream and gasp.<p>I suppose Darth Vader could take him and all, but Harry Roat Jr. may be my all time favorite movie villain. Image Lou Reed as a psycho killer.<p>My favorite line though is Audrey's "I never volunteers to be the world's champion blind lady." I quote or paraphrase this at every doctors appointment. I shoot my insulin, I watch my diet, I come in once a year or so but not the every three months they seem to think I can afford and have time for. I never volunteered to be the world's champion diabetic, doc. Call me when you find a cure.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:05 p.m. CST
by Le Vicious Fishus
I've really enjoyed your movie a day series, but I just have to voice my opinion about something that I suspect you have no control over:<BR><BR>Please. Please. Please stop linking to amazon.com. Amazon is the Walmart of bookstores/all-purpose media stores. Yes, it's convenient and often cheap to buy from them, but please think about the small businesses--especially the small bookstores--that are good and well fucked every time amazon.com gets a sale. I know you're not linking to books, but still AICN is helping to sustain a huge corporate monster that would be better off dead for the small business owners' sakes (the economy being what it is, now more than ever)..<BR><BR>Again, I know you don't have much if any control over the amazon.com linking, but--just in case--please try to influence Harry or the powers that be to give some other less hideous and Walmarty store AICN's (and specifically your audience's) business. <BR><BR>Thank you, Quint.