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Title: The Night Holds Terror (1955)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 07, 2012, 10:11:52 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048423/


The Night Holds Terror (1955) 6/10


Cast and plot synopsis courtesy of imdb:



A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more the tensions build and the more likely it becomes a tragedy will occur. Based on a real-life hostage taking



Jack Kelly.......Gene Courtier
 Hildy Parks ... Doris Courtier
 Vince Edwards ... Victor Gosset
 John Cassavetes ... Robert Batsford
 David Cross ... Luther Logan
 Eddie Marr ... Captain Cole (as Edward Marr)
 Jack Kruschen ... Detective Pope
 Joyce McCluskey ... Phyllis Harrison
 Jonathan Hale ... Bob Henderson
 Barney Phillips ... Stranske
 Roy Neal ... TV News Broadcaster



I hate when directors think they can just switch narration anytime they please without having to justify whose point of view the story is being told from. The story -- about a family held hostage by 3 bad guys -- begins with a third person narration (stuff like "this is a true story that happened to..." then switches to the main character (like "I was never more terrified in my life...") and then switches back to the third party narrator toward the end as it suddenly changes to a police procedural and the narrator describes the police effort to nab the bad guys.
That sort of shit simply shows contempt for the audience. Why do directors sometimes feel as if the narration does not hav eto be justified but can just come and go from anyone, anytime?

The only thing positive I really have to say about this movie is that John Cassavetes and Vince Edwards are good bad guys (ie. they are good actors in the role of a bad guy  ;))