Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wait Until Dark Review
The 1960's were a weird time for some. I wasn't alive yet, but when looking at old issues of Playboy, I often wish that women today had bodies of yesteryear...oh right, this is a horror movie blog.
The cycle of mainstream horror in the 1960's was nothing like it is today. So in order to even watch this film, I had to throw away all my preconceived notions of what scary movies should be.
Wait Until Dark tells the story of a young blind woman that is terrorized by thugs looking for drugs and money inside a safe in her home. That is truly the whole gimmick of this film, and has very few set changes. I'd later find out that this movie was based on a play, and that's the reason why this film feels a bit...i don't know...boring!
The movie is a really long winded piece of non sense. The only way this movie works is if you can totally shut off your brain to modernity. There are so many modern pitfalls to this film, but if you can get passed that. You'll get a cool thriller towards the end of the film. The scary part is when the lights go completely out, and the thugs terrorize Hepburn's character, only to be thwarted.
Hepburn isn't as hot as people say she was. She was acting well for a person that wasn't blind, but the pacing and overall reaching story just fell flat for me. There are some nice mood changers here with the lighting. However, without major gore, major climaxes, the final sequences are just not that great.
Don't get me wrong, I love older film, but this one is just not as "scary" as people say it is. Sure, there are some quality moments of tense psychological suspense, but the pay off is not brutal and just tiring.
I don't recommend Wait Until Dark unless you absolutely want to see an older "horror/thriller" film. I just couldn't get into it, and maybe that's just cause I'm an idiot. I do like the poster though.