Too slow to really be a thriller, but oddly interesting with terrific twist
Endless Night is one of those movies that is hugely flawed, and yet itsticks in the mind unlike many more polished movies. Extremely slow pacedfor much of it's length and with several sequences that feel almostunnecessary, and even a few which just seem wierd, the film than delivers atrue knock out of a twist which makes one realise how well the story hasbeen constructed. For this reason, in some respect it's more satisfying towatch the second time even if one is no longer surprised, because one cannotice all the little clues that have been put in ,and many of thepreviously mentioned unnecessary or wierd bits seem more essential. Thereis, though, one huge red herring that seems rather pointless.
This was the last of the Hywell Bennett/Hayley Mills collaborations for theBoulting Brothers and it is possibly their most interesting. Cast are allexcellent ,including George Sanders in one of his final roles, and this isjust as well since the film is indeed extremely talky. The alternately eerieand romantic Bernard Herrmann score is very memorable, although they couldhave made sure Mills' singing voice [obviously dubbed] sounded like hernormal voice.
Many will be unsatisfied with this film ,but try it if you fancy a somewhatdifferent kind of thriller, even it's only really a thriller in the finalhalf hour!