The accent is on suspense in this 1971 chiller starring Susan George as teenage babysitter Amanda, who’s held captive and terrorized by her charge’s deranged father (Ian Bannen) — an escapee from a mental institution intent on murdering his ex-wife (Honor Blackman). Facing a life-and-death situation, Amanda realizes she must find a way to connect with her psychotic captor to survive. John Gregson and George Cole also star.
Peter Collinson (1 April 1936 – 16 December 1980) was a British film director probably best known for directing the 1969 movie The Italian Job.
Peter Collinson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire in 1936. His parents, an actress and a musician, separated when he was two years old; he was raised by his grandparents. From ages eight to 14 he attended the Actor’s Orphanage in Chertsey, Surrey where he had the chance to write and act in many plays. Noel Coward, who was president of the orphanage at the time, became his godfather and helped him to obtain jobs in the entertainment industry.
In 1954 he was called up for national service and served two years in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency.
His early television work included time as a floor manager for the BBC and directing for ATV at Elstree studios where he met Michael Klinger who would offer him the director role on his first film, The Penthouse. Collinson also worked with Telefís… read more
A bit dated and cheesy at times, but mostly a pretty decent psycho-thriller. Susan George is a little too over the top in the lead, but the rest of the cast is good, particularly Ian Bannen as the psychotic villain. Maybe not quite a classic, but a solid, well-made piece of work.