Sunday, September 6, 2015

THE NIGHT WALKER

The Night Walker Movie Review

After the death of her wealthy husband, Irene Trent (Barbara Stanwyck) seeks the help of her husband's attorney Barry Morland (Robert Taylor), as she is now having nightmares of her husband seeking revenge on her as she continues to have visions of her "dream lover". The question is this: is she, in fact, dreaming, or is all this actually happening. This horror-mystery comes right of the gate swinging with an absolutely phenomenal opening sequence that is a combination of fascinating, frightening, and trippy.

Cool stuff

Director William Castle (House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts) does a really good job setting the atmosphere of this film, and the film truly keeps one guessing what is real and what isn't. The acting is good all the way around--Stanwyck is a convincing victim, Morland shines as the attorney, and Judith Meredith is wickedly outstanding (and gorgeous) as Joyce, the hair stylist friend of Irene.


Joyce giving Irene a massage
 
The music in the film is really good as well (especially in the first half hour), the blind husband looks horrifying (both before and after death), and the marriage scene is so strange it's wonderful. The major drawback for this film is the pace. Toward the middle of the film it hits a wall and absolutely crawls for quite some time--it's as if Castle and writer Robert Bloch could not find a way to advance the movie, which is strange because it actually is a really good story. This is particularly bothersome considering how good the opening of the film is, so seeing it end up a dog chasing its tail is beyond frustrating. However, once the movie does get back on the tracks it delivers a really effective ending, complete with twists and turns. I honestly wasn't expecting any more than a typical B movie when I sat down to watch The Night Walker, and was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be much better.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

 
The Night Walker Trailer

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