And Soon the Darkness
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- Released in 1970
- Running Time: 94 Min.
- Production Co: Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) | EMI Films
- Distribution Co: Warner-Pathé Distributors (1970) (UK) (theatrical) | Levitt-Pickman (1971) (USA) (theatrical)
- Directed by Robert Fuest
- Written by Brian Clemens, Terry Nation
- Starring Pamela Franklin , Jane Michele Dotrice, Cathy Sandor Elès
- Produced by Brian Clemens, Albert Fennell
- Original Music by Laurie Johnson
- Cinematography by Ian Wilson
- Film Editing by Ann Chegwidden
- Remember The Way Hitchcock kept you on the edge of your seat?
- Two beautiful girls on a bright summer day. And suddenly one beautiful girl running for her life.
The film was directed by Robert Fuest, and made by the same production team that had recently completed the television series The Avengers. Notwithstanding the title, the film eschews the familiar use of darkness and claustrophobia to create suspense. In a way analogous to Stanley Kubrick's use of the large hotel interiors in The Shining (which it predates by a decade), the mounting drama unfolds in bright, open spaces. Similar parallels have been drawn with the isolation and dread of the open road in Steven Spielberg's thriller Duel.