The Night Has Eyes

The Night Has Eyes, released in the United States as Terror House and Moonlight Madness, is a 1942 British thriller film directed by Leslie Arliss starring James Mason, Joyce Howard, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare.[1] and Tucker McGuire.

The Night Has Eyes
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLeslie Arliss
Produced byJohn Argyle
Written byLeslie Arliss
John Argyle
Alan Kennington (Novel)
StarringJames Mason
Wilfrid Lawson
Mary Clare
Joyce Howard
Music byCharles Williams
CinematographyGünther Krampf
Edited byFlora Newton
Distributed byPathé Pictures International
Release date
1 June 1942
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Two young teachers travel to the Yorkshire Moors where their friend disappeared a year before. Before long they have encountered the man they believe to be her murderer.[2]That night, they become stranded in the house they are staying when a violent storm breaks out.


Critical reception

Leonard Maltin called the film an "OK mystery";[3] Allmovie called it a "taut British chiller" ;[4] and TV Guide wrote, "though melodramatic and soundstage-bound, Terror House is still quite effective and eerie. Fog covers almost every exterior; cinematographer Gunther Krampf spent long periods getting the artificial fog at just the right density...The final film was almost too effective, and after initially getting an A rating from the British censor and being booked on the biggest cinema circuit in Britain, the rating was suddenly changed to H (for "Horrific"), making it off-limits for anyone under 16 years of age. The big circuits had a policy of showing only A films, so the independent cinemas became the big winners, getting an excellent thriller starring Mason, Britain's top leading man at the time."[5]


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