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 — an escapee from a mental institution intent on murdering his ex-wife.
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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.
Had Hitchcock directed this film, the right balance between good acting, and good suspense would have been leveled. The suspense was all there, but the acting tended to go on overkill. Still you cannot deny Ian Bannen's chilling performance.
This early entry in the 'babysitter' horror film subgenre is pretty weak. All of its narrative devices either haven't aged well or are too slight to begin with, making Fright underwhelming because it lacks, well, fright. It's too drawn out and patient for its own good, lacking a diabolical unease that a film of this genre needs. Sadly, it's without many scares and never goes for the jugular even in its horror.