Edgar Wallace Presents: The Terror
This is one of those magnificently shot films which could only ever have been made in black and white - Walter Harvey's monochromatically atmospheric cinematography giving this Edgar Wallace-based crime mystery a distinctive, moody, pre-war Brit Noir look. Being a Wallace film, of course, there are twists and turns aplenty - people are not who they seem and bad things lie in wait for those who deserve them.
The cast is marvellous. Doe-eyed Linden Travers (star of Brief Ecstasy and The Ghost Train) features as an almost-ingénue caught up in an unfortunate series of events concerning her weak-willed father and his temporary house guests, whilst an incongruously svelte Bernard Lee does an amusing turn as the local drunk (or is he..?). Acting honours must go, however, to Alastair Sim (at his most lugubrious) as an ex-convict bent on revenge and ace toper Wilfrid Lawson, who turns in a whimsically capricious performance worthy of a 1930s Gary Oldman.
Adapting a play by Edgar Wallace, one of the twentieth century’s most successful and prolific crime/mystery writers, The Terror stars Wilfrid Lawson and Bernard Lee in a tale of underworld intrigue with a ghostly twist, with the superb casting and lively dialogue showcasing Wallace’s trademark wry humour. Featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements The Terror is showcased in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
For ten years, The Terror has laughed at both police and public. And for ten years, two of his erstwhile associates, Joe Connor and ‘Soapy’ Marks, have plotted revenge on the mastermind whose double-crossing sent them to Dartmoor without their share of the bullion stolen in a daring raid. Connor is the first to arrive at Monk’s Hall Priory, a guest house reputedly haunted by the ghost of a hooded monk. There is indeed a distinctly uncanny presence about the old place; but none of the guests suspect that The Terror is in their midst…
- Number of Discs
- 1.33:1 / Black and White
- Mono / English
- 2 / PAL
- 73 mins approx