Archive for June 27th, 2010
I expected this film to be good. I had a very good feeling about it when I dropped it on the list, but I wasn’t expecting it to be one of the best films so far from this project.
Amanda (Susan George) is a babysitter, and on this night, she heads over to Helen and Jim’s place (Honor Blackman and George Cole). This is the usual gig. One child in bed and the boyfriend (Dennis Waterman) heading over whilst the home owners are out. But this turns out to be a very different night as Helen has a dark past of violence caused by the hand of an evil ex-husband Brian (Ian Bannen), who is now locked up in an institute, or is he?
The film looks amazing, one of the nicest shot films I’ve seen made in Britain from this time. There are some really atmospheric scenes, stunning close-ups and a great use of hand held camera too. The cast are about as perfect as could be, and although being very 70’s looking, this only gives the film credence from an era which was one of big changes. Just before the big glamour and punk things of the 70’s, here we still have a real 60’s vibe, but with the empowerment for women which came dominant in the 70’s.
Susan George is perfect here too in a role, similar to Straw Dogs, which she uses her stunning natural looks, but pushes her innocence, regardless of her image. She’s a teenage girl and terrified for most pf the film, and screams like crazy for the most part. Some of the scenes are shocking. A vicious sexual assault which intercuts between Susan and Honor is a stunning piece of cinema, showing the pleasure and pain of a situation from the eyes of a lunatic.
Waterman and Cole, famous for ‘Minder’ the British TV series are perfect here and not really what you expect from their previous roles, although Cole is a bit stereotype, Waterman is outstanding here. Director Peter Collinson lifts a tremendous performance out of his cast, as he did with The Italian Job.