Dark Places (1973 film)
|Directed by||Don Sharp|
|Produced by||James Hannah Jr.|
|Written by||Ed Brennan|
Joseph Van Winkle
|Music by||Wilfred Josephs|
|Edited by||Teddy Darvas|
|Distributed by||Cinerama Releasing Corporation (USA)|
Dr. Mandeville (Christopher Lee) and his sister Sarah (Joan Collins) try to locate two suitcases of money hidden on the large estate of one of his former patients but their plans are thwarted when mentally unstable Andrew (Robert Hardy) arrives to claim the estate which had been left to him by the owner before he died. Andrew soon begins to have flashbacks to the murders committed by the previous owner Edward (Hardy as well). As the story unfolds it sheds light on the events of 30 years or so before when Edward had planned to leave his wife Victoria (Jean Marsh) for the younger and more attractive governess of their two children. In desperaration Victoria had encouraged the two children to murder the governess whilst she attempted to seduce Edward in the bedroom. In a fit of rage Edward strangled his wife and killed the children with a sword before bricking all four corpses up behind a wall with the two cases of money.
Andrew eventually kills Dr. Mandeville and Sarah with a pick axe before getting arrested and led away by police.
- Christopher Lee - Doctor Ian Mandeville
- Joan Collins - Sarah Mandeville
- Herbert Lom - Prescott
- Jane Birkin - Alta
- Robert Hardy - Edward Foster / Andrew Marr
- Jean Marsh - Victoria
- Carleton Hobbs - Old Marr
- Roy Evans - Baxter
- Martin Boddey - Sgt. Riley
- John Glyn-Jones - Bank Manager
- John Levene - Doctor
- Jennifer Thanisch - Jessica
- Michael McVey - Francis
- Barry Linehan - Asylum Gatekeeper
The film was released for the first time on DVD by Film 2000 on 20 November 2006.
TV Guide awarded the film 1/5 stars, calling it 'mediocre in all respects'. Dave Sindelar from Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings gave the film a negative review, criticizing the film's "sluggish" pacing, repetition, and final act. Sindelar did however, commend the film's performances.
- "Dark Places (1974) - Don Sharp". Allmovie.com. Allmovie. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
- "Dark Places - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV Guide.com. TV Guide Staff. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
- Sindelar, Dave. "Dark Places (1973)". Fantastic Movie Musings.com. Dave Sidnelar. Retrieved 10 July 2019.