In the spirit of Halloween, here’s an early 70s slasher to creep you out in-between vision of ghosts and ghouls.
It has a mad stalker, autumn leaves on the ground, a young Mia Farrow (an early model Scream Queen, with this and Rosemary’s Baby) plenty of suspense and Gypsies (but unfortunately no Larry Talbot).
See No Evil (a.k.a. Blind Terror) is a 1971 movie directed by Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green, The Boston Strangler) and starring Mia Farrow, as a young blind girl pursued by a murderer.
The tv trailer for this movie made quite an impression on me. I was a four-year-old petrified kid every time this popped up during commercials. I didn’t know what to make of this poor, helpless blind girl as she stumbled around muddied and alone in a vast field, calling for help.
On French tv, it was a somewhat different trailer than this one, but basically the same suspensful chase scenario and scary face grope.
The narrator’s voice scared me most of all (no such presence in this YouTube video), as he seemed to relish repeating the movie’s title over and over again (Terreur aveugle).
Even when I looked away from the screen as those recognizable first images appeared, the inescapable voice would scare up the chills in me.
When this film finally aired on late night TV, I was thrilled beyond words. Not just to get to see the whole evil from start to finish, but also to exorcise the discomfort of that narrator’s voice inside my impressionable tv-addled mind.
Ah, to be a young again, terrorized by television.
Other days the keys are locked in the castle.
But the next day is just a reset switch away.
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