**1/2. Routine British thriller with at least two great scenes: the first describes van Eyck's pre Jaws shark-like attempt to drown Candy and, of course, the film's last scene. Just too bad that Hammer preferred a happy ending to a more disturbing and cruel one. Recommended to Hammer fans and nostalgic ones though.
Peter van Eyck est excellent en odieuse crapule hypocrite et dangereuse et la pétulante Mandy Miller parfaite dans son rôle d'incomprise et fragile victime, pour une oeuvre à l'intrigue d'une subtile perversité, dont l'étonnant final lorgne avec bonheur du coté de Roger Corman et d'Edgar Allan Poe en finesse et subtilité... www.cinefiches.com
No actor emanates such a psychopathic disdain for his fellow man as Peter van Eyck. He is perfectly cast as serial killer Paul Decker in the first and, with TASTE OF FEAR, best of Hammer's psycho-suspense films. I watch, spellbound, as he attempts to slaughter an entire family, including the dog. The ending is as mean as it needs to be and not the cop out some have claimed. The story doesn't need two psychopaths.