Kelly Sherwood is terrorized by a man with an asthmatic voice who plans to use her to steal $100,000 from the bank where she works. He threatens to kill her teenage sister Toby, if she tells the police. However she manages to contact F.B.I. agent Ripley.
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With “Experiment in Terror,” Edwards, working in the familiar genre of criminal depravity, does something that may well be, for Hollywood, unprecedented: he makes a virtual piece of film criticism in movie form.
If Blake Edwards’s expertly made but jejune 1962 thriller is any indication, times were simpler in early-Sixties San Francisco… Even more appealing than the film’s visual style (a pan revealing dozens of mannequins or a close-up of an unsettling toy tiger) and cozy settings (smoky nightclubs and hushed movie houses) is its quaint notion of the FBI as an affable helpmate in times of trouble.
This is a classic example of a director spending nearly his entire career in the wrong genre. If only Edwards had made nothing but suspense films like this. Great mood-setting opening scene with image and music working together to mesmerizing effect. That camera pan to the left to reveal the driver, as she turns towards us, to look out at the bay. LEE REMICK in black and white. Is there anything more gorgeous?
There is nothing more effective to me than the classic, intelligent thriller. An amazing cast as well. Lee Remick is fantastic, Ross Martin is believably evil, and this is quite possibly some of Glen Ford's best work. Edwards wins this one easily...
EXPERIMENT IN TERROR may be in dialogue w/ the disreputable tradition of the B picture and the Drive-In, but it is a studio A picture (running just over two hours) at which Columbia threw a ton of resources. The Frisco location stuff is aces. Yeah, one might raise the issue of suspension of disbelief, but who picks apart the strained logic of they's own nightmares? Edwards seizes his opportunity to flash the goods.
Four stars for the following: style for miles, Lee Remick, vertiginous vistas, Lee Remick, and what may be Mancini's most effectively flesh-goosing, heart-mouthing score. Except for its essential slightness, it's kind of a perfect film. Plus Lee Remick.