And Soon the Darkness

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Time Out says

Unappealing women-in-peril thriller, scripted by Brian Clemens and centred on a young nurse (Franklin) whose holiday companion (Dotrice) is savagely murdered by a sex maniac on a lonely country road as they cycle through France. Predictable, implausible, and not a little nasty.
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1970

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99 mins

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Charles666

Disagree with the reviewer who seems to have just paraphrased other reviews. It's a great film, atmospheric and not a little chilling. It is also a product of its time and none the worse for that; I love all the old vehicles, some memories of the days when the French motor industry created interesting products.

Charles666

Disagree with the reviewer who seems to have just paraphrased other reviews. It's a great film, atmospheric and not a little chilling. It is also a product of its time and none the worse for that; I love all the old vehicles, some memories of the days when the French motor industry created interesting products.

Rod

I wouldnt be writing this if the film had had some fascinating impact on me when I saw it back in the 70's. I have been trying to track this down for ages. Very atmospheric. Reminiscent of how quiet and distant France can be to the traveller. Yes its obviously dated but I cant wait to see again. The Time Out review should not be taken seriously. Its a great movie playing on our darkess fears with no special effects.

Rod

I wouldnt be writing this if the film had had some fascinating impact on me when I saw it back in the 70's. I have been trying to track this down for ages. Very atmospheric. Reminiscent of how quiet and distant France can be to the traveller. Yes its obviously dated but I cant wait to see again. The Time Out review should not be taken seriously. Its a great movie playing on our darkess fears with no special effects.

Matt

hi thanks for your comment it is one of those films that you dont see that often i remember seeing it back in 87 we were due to go to france a couple of months later and one of the strecthes of road we went on look similar to the film if you have been to france it'll remind you of soon the darkness i had problems remembering the film's title and when put in a similar film called the vanishing (Dutch Film not US) someone told me what the film was called as the vanishing has a similar story and that is set in france.

Matt

hi thanks for your comment it is one of those films that you dont see that often i remember seeing it back in 87 we were due to go to france a couple of months later and one of the strecthes of road we went on look similar to the film if you have been to france it'll remind you of soon the darkness i had problems remembering the film's title and when put in a similar film called the vanishing (Dutch Film not US) someone told me what the film was called as the vanishing has a similar story and that is set in france.

Fran

Of course: movies, like music, are very personal inasmuch as our tastes go. Having said that, I totally agree with Boris' take on this film. To dismiss it as "inappealing, predictable, bla bla bla" is astonishingly shallow and unsophisticated. I found the film to be beautiful, moody and disturbing - in the best sense of the words. The style was ultra-natural - something you'd never find in an American-made film - from the sounds of nature, rain falling on tin cans, etc., enhanced by the music - from the cheesy pop radio music, to the genuinely unnerving. The scene where Cathy wakes up, alone, with the radio batteries on the verge of collapse, and suddenly realizing herself utterly alone and genuinely fearful for the first time, was viscerally chilling. Give this movie its due. It is a great little gem!

Fran

Of course: movies, like music, are very personal inasmuch as our tastes go. Having said that, I totally agree with Boris' take on this film. To dismiss it as "inappealing, predictable, bla bla bla" is astonishingly shallow and unsophisticated. I found the film to be beautiful, moody and disturbing - in the best sense of the words. The style was ultra-natural - something you'd never find in an American-made film - from the sounds of nature, rain falling on tin cans, etc., enhanced by the music - from the cheesy pop radio music, to the genuinely unnerving. The scene where Cathy wakes up, alone, with the radio batteries on the verge of collapse, and suddenly realizing herself utterly alone and genuinely fearful for the first time, was viscerally chilling. Give this movie its due. It is a great little gem!

Boris

Frankly I'm mystified by the glib dismissal of the Time Out review. I've only recently discovered this underrated gem of a movie. It's a smart, well acted and tremendously atmospheric thriller that displays all the style to be expected from the team behind the cult TV series The Avengers. A classic of 70's British genre film making that is overdue for reappraisal.

Boris

Frankly I'm mystified by the glib dismissal of the Time Out review. I've only recently discovered this underrated gem of a movie. It's a smart, well acted and tremendously atmospheric thriller that displays all the style to be expected from the team behind the cult TV series The Avengers. A classic of 70's British genre film making that is overdue for reappraisal.