And Soon The Darkness (1970)
Dir: Robert Fuest
Two young women on a summer vacation, in which they are biking across Southern France, find themselves wrapped up in a decade old murder mystery. When one of the young women mysteriously vanishes following an argument, it is up to her friend to figure out what has happened. Only now she finds herself alone in a foreign land, where she doesn't speak the native language, and cannot be sure who to trust.
Robert Fuest truly captures the heart and soul of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, and then sun-bakes it in a scortching bright color palette. Much like many later horror films, this one takes the "one long night of horror" and flips it around to be one long excruciating summers day. While the film sports a very slim cast, it's the gorgeous British actress Pamela Franklin who drives this home with a powerhouse performance. While the film is closer to a murder mystery or thriller than it is to horror, it manages to create a great creeping sense of dread and paranoia. The film is slowly paced, and while fans of more modern cinema might not understand whatt is to like, it is beautifully shot and maximizes France's countryside to maximum effect. Similar to Hitchcocks best films there is absolutely no hinting at who is or is not the killer, and plenty of red herrings are littered throughout. Certain a slow burn of a film, but a great example of how 70's British cinema set itself apart. Recommended on a rainy day.
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