a thriller with twists but not much bite
A murder story by Agatha Christie, with Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennettwhich takes the William Blake poem, turns it into a chilling song, andputs a new slant on the old story of manipulation and jealousy. Thestory is adapted and directed by Sidney Gilliat.
Hayley Mills was always a good actress as a child, but as an adult shehas become somewhat grating here she isn't bad, but she is a littledisappointing. As Ellie she isn't particularly convincing or engaging,and the characterization is flat.
The storyline takes the same kinds of twists and turns we find in filmssuch as 'Wait Until Dark' and focuses on the human weaknesses that canbe brought about by physical, emotional or mental collapse. HywelBennett is suitably charming and repellent in equal measure as thehusband with a secret in the kind of role he could comfortably playalong with more comedic ones.
'Endless Night' doesn't give an audience anything they haven't seenbefore, and it plays a bit in daytime TV soap mode, but it isn't a badfilm. If you're after something that is in the main unchallenging, thismight be for you.