Dark Places (1973 film)

Dark Places is a 1973 British horror film directed by Don Sharp and starring Robert Hardy, Christopher Lee, Joan Collins and Herbert Lom.[1]

Dark Places
Directed byDon Sharp
Produced byJames Hannah Jr.
Written byEd Brennan
Joseph Van Winkle
StarringChristopher Lee
Joan Collins
Herbert Lom
Music byWilfred Josephs
CinematographyErnest Steward
Edited byTeddy Darvas
Glenbeigh Limited
Distributed byCinerama Releasing Corporation (USA)
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



Home media

The film was released for the first time on DVD by Film 2000 on 20 November 2006.[2]


TV Guide awarded the film 1/5 stars, calling it 'mediocre in all respects'.[3] 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.[4]


  1. http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/12490
  2. "Dark Places (1974) - Don Sharp". Allmovie.com. Allmovie. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. "Dark Places - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV Guide.com. TV Guide Staff. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  4. Sindelar, Dave. "Dark Places (1973)". Fantastic Movie Musings.com. Dave Sidnelar. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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