Now on to the horror/ suspense thriller Wait Until Dark. The movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin.
We first find Lisa (Samantha Jones) using a doll to smuggle heroin in on a flight from Montreal to New York. Upon arriving, she finds somebody unexpected waiting for her, and hands the doll to another passenger she had just met, photographer Sam Hendrix (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.). A while later, we find two men coming to find an apartment they assumed was Lisa’s, only to discover it wasn’t hers. They meet Harry Roat (Alan Arkin), and find out he had killed Lisa (in that very apartment). He blackmails them into helping him find the doll. We are introduced to Sam’s wife, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn), who has been blind the last year due to an auto accident. While her husband is away, the three men try to pull a con to get her to find the doll. She slowly comes to realize the three men are lying to her, and with the aid of a young neighbor, Gloria (Julie Herrod), she tries to outwit them.
I think I can say it simply by saying that I recommend this movie. That alone should mean something, as I am not that fond of horror movies as a whole. I tried this one for three reasons. 1) It was announced as a Warner Archive Blu-ray release (and I have found their Blu-rays to be quality releases). 2) It stars Audrey Hepburn, whom I have come to enjoy some of her film work, but it took the third reason to really sell me on this one. 3) My father. When I mentioned that this movie was coming out on Blu-ray, he knew EXACTLY what movie I was talking about just from the title alone. And he had great things to say about it. To be clear, he likes horror even less than I do, and yet he liked this one, relating to me how it came on TV one day he had wanted to get started on chores early (didn’t happen that day).
There is one thing I would recommend to those who get the chance to see it. I have heard that, when it was released in theaters, the various theaters were told to turn off the lights as much as they could for about the last eight minutes, to help improve the atmosphere. So, if you watch the movie, particularly in an area you can do something like that, give it a try!
The movie is available on DVD or on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection.
One thing I should mention (although it may have been implied). I know most of the movies I watch tend to be family-friendly, but I would hesitate with this movie. There is very little swearing, but the main issue I would have is with some of the horror aspects, as this movie is aimed a little more for adults. Of course, I know every kid is different, but I would at least advise parents to watch this on their own before watching it with younger children.
Film Length: 1 hour, 47 minutes
My Rating: 9/10
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