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Sudden Fear

Posted by martinteller on April 13, 2010

Holy shit.  At first this seems very bland and predictable, but around the halfway point is starts getting awesome and just keeps getting awesomer.  A battle of murderous schemes, Joan Crawford vs. Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame.  The tension builds and builds into a fever pitch, culminating in one of the best chase sequences I’ve ever witnessed.  The last half hour is full of more amazing little moments (who knew a wind-up toy could be so menacing?) than I count, with fantastic chiaroscuro photography and another terrific Elmer Bernstein score.  Palance is menacing, Grahame is her usual wonderful self, and Crawford’s at the top of her game.  A perfect ending, too.  This was an unexpected delight.  Rating: 9


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