Review: ‘See No Evil’

Brian Clemens' script has Mia Farrow recuperating from a blinding horse riding accident at the home of Robin Bailey, his wife Dorothy Alison and daughter Diane Grayson. An innocently-offended young punk slays the household while Farrow is riding with fiance Norman Eshley. Extremely good suspense is built and maintained as Farrow discovers the senseless murders, then outwits the murderer who has returned to recover a wrist bracelet.

Brian Clemens’ script has Mia Farrow recuperating from a blinding horse riding accident at the home of Robin Bailey, his wife Dorothy Alison and daughter Diane Grayson. An innocently-offended young punk slays the household while Farrow is riding with fiance Norman Eshley. Extremely good suspense is built and maintained as Farrow discovers the senseless murders, then outwits the murderer who has returned to recover a wrist bracelet.

Paul Nicholas, the murderer, is not seen facially until the climax though Gerry Fisher’s lensing puts the mysterious character in an emphatic dramatic posture throughout via shooting his boots and arrogant bodily mannerisms. Clemens’ script seeds the plot with a thousand sock red herrings, but Farrow’s lengthy travails in time become rather heavy on the meller side; all that’s missing is for her to be trapped on an ice floe.

Farrow’s performance as a blind girl is very convincing, grabbing and maintaining audience sympathy for her character.

See No Evil

Production

Filmways. Director Richard Fleischer; Producer Martin Ransohoff, Leslie Linder; Screenplay Brian Clemens; Camera Gerry Fisher; Editor Thelma Connell; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director John Hoesli

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Mia Farrow Dorothy Alison Robin Bailey Diane Grayson Brian Rawlinson Norman Eshley
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