The Night Walker (1964)

Article #471 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 6-29-2002
Posting date: 11-22-2002

A woman has nightmares involving a handsome young man as well as her ugly, blind husband who died in a bizarre explosion.

Actually, combining the manipulative scare tactics of William Castle and a script by Robert Bloch is a pretty good idea. Close exploration of the story will most likely result in a multitude of plot holes, but it says something about the movie that I enjoyed it enough not to bother to hunt them out. The opening animated montage is particularly fun in this one, but my favorite scene in the movie is the creepy wedding ceremony involving a deserted chapel populated only by mannequins and a whirling chandelier; this is one of my favorite sequences in the William Castle canon. There are no gimmicks this time round that I know of, but the plot twists come thick and fast at the end and are liable to keep your head swimming. This one joins my list of favorite William Castle movies.



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