Anyone who has spent any time with me (or on the site) will know that I am a big fan of British actress Pamela Franklin – a talent who cut short her acting career, but thankfully with a series of enjoyable flicks left behind for us to savour.

Many of those were in the best genre – horror of course – so I was delighted earlier today to receive news that one of them, 1970’s grim chiller And Soon The Darkness, is getting the blu-ray treatment.

Even better, another classic British creepfest, Fright, is being wheeled out on the same day.

Here’s the press release:

Two genre-defining British horrors from the 70s, both fully restored and on Blu-ray™ for the first time, FRIGHT and AND SOON THE DARKNESS will be released courtesy of Studiocanal’s Vintage Classics Collectionon 14TH October 2019 and are available to pre-order now: http://po.st/AndSoonTheDarkness and http://po.st/Fright

FRIGHT (1971)

Directed by Peter Collinson (The Italian JobStraight on Till Morning), this original British slasher film from 1971 stars Honor Blackman (Goldfinger), Susan George (Straw Dogs), Ian Bannen (The Flight of the Phoenix), George Cole and Dennis Waterman (Minder)

Young babysitter Amanda (Susan George) arrives at the Lloyd residence (Honor Blackman and George Cole) to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda’s nerves on edge. The real terror begins, however, when the child’s biological father appears after recently escaping from a nearby mental institution.

Pre-dating the release of Halloween by seven years, FRIGHT was the groundbreaker for the ‘terrorized babysitter’ variation of the ‘home invasion’ horror genre.

CERTIFICATE: 18

RUN TIME: 87 mins

EXTRAS: Interview with Kim Newman; Interview with Susan George; Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery

AND SOON THE DARKNESS (1970)

Directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. PhebesWuthering Heights) AND SOON THE DARKNESS is a unique and suspenseful thriller starring Pamela Franklin (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and Michelle Dotrice (The Blood on Satan’s Claw).

Two young English nurses, Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice) embark on a cycling holiday in the French countryside. They happen upon a mysterious man, Paul (Sandor Eles), who seems interested in them. Cathy is intrigued by the man, but suspicious Jane wants to continue on the journey. The two split up but when Jane returns to the village where they are staying, her friend is nowhere to be found. Frantic, she searches for Cathy, but who can she trust, and will she find her in time.

AND SOON THE DARKNESS cleverly confounds expectations and extracts the maximum amount of suspense, sustaining jeopardy and a sense of claustrophobia despite the story all taking place in wide open spaces in complete daylight.

CERTIFICATE: 15

RUN TIME: 99 mins

EXTRAS: Interview with Kim Newman; Audio commentary with Brian Clemens & Robert Fuest; Audio commentary with Film Historian Troy Howarth

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle