Weekend of Fear (1966)
Article 5577 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Joe Danford
Featuring Mikki Malone, Kenneth Washman, Tory Alburn
What it is: Thriller
A woman finds herself being stalked by a mysterious man.
This very obscure regional movie ended up on my “ones that got away” list, and I wasn’t sure it even existed anymore. As it turns out, it does, and if you have a chance to see it and wish to do so, I’d advise you to avoid any of the plot descriptions you find other than the vague one I have above; all the other ones I’ve seen commit two crimes, as they engage in massive spoilers and contain a specific repeated plot error. As for the movie itself, it’s listed as ‘horror’ by a few sources, but it’s one of those movies that hangs off the border separating ‘horror’ and ‘suspense’; its biggest claim to horror is that there is a character who is not sane. From what I gather, the movie was shown once many years ago, gathered several bad reviews, and vanished. And it must be said that it somewhat deserves its bad reviews, not so much for the extreme cheapness of the movie (it’s one that is shot silent and post-dubbed, and it’s readily apparent that that is the case), but that even with its short running time (63 minutes), it gets bogged down in boring repetition; the threatened woman’s internal monologue constantly goes over the same ground. Still, the movie isn’t entirely devoid of interest; I have to admit that the nature of one character’s madness is a bit on the novel side, and it takes an odd turn in the final moment that is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Still, the movie is mostly a snoozefest.