An horse riding accident has robbed Sarah (Mia Farrow) of her sight. She lived a full life and then fell into the dark. The dark is a place that however she feels comfortable in. After being away for so long in hospital, she now has the problem of what to do next. This is not a problem for her family who have taken her in or her boyfriend Steve (Norman Eshley). When a crazed murderer breaks in to the house and kills the family, the dark could be her worst enemy…
When you look at this film, you have multiple choices of talking points. Richard Fleischer is one. A director of a studio that moved easily from genre to genre and style to style. Films like Soylent Green and Violent Saturday. Then you have the British horror angle. Skilled cinema made here by people looking for cash benefits and the wealth of skill that was on offer here. The 70s saw a wealth of US films made here and horror was the king. Then finally you have Mia Farrow. The actress who has bones in Horror but also skilled translating emotion and empathy.
This is a film of creaking tension which sometimes has you thinking about the next step, the next hand movement or the next breath. A film of fears rooted in those deep sunk and entrenched personal horrors. Those things that upset you in your daymares. Those very undesired horrors. It is slow burning and unsettled. Sometimes that tension fizzle and sometimes it flattens. The performers play it well but the sequences when it focuses on the mob rage are flatten by not having a position or the whole gardener scene feels absurd.
Indicator have excelled again here. The Blu Ray looks okay. Clean and colour consistent. We know that as the films age it will have some issues but they have been ironed out. Both cuts are great in that respect. I preferred the US cut. Its more rounded and rings try. This is worth exploring in the feature. The booklet for me is or was the key to why I liked this. Excellent work.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Blind Terror: the alternative UK cut
• Norman Eshley on ‘See No Evil’ (2017, 11 mins): a new interview with the British actor
• The Two Versions: a detailed comparison of the differences between the US and UK cuts
• Alternative Italian title sequence
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image galleries: extensive on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Chris Fujiwara, an interview with Richard Fleischer, and an overview of contemporary critical responses
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies