See No Evil (Blind Terror) 1971 85 mins
It’s always a score when you scan the t.v. guide and see something interesting, but usually it’s at 4 in the morning. Which is the time I set my alarm for just to see this film. Hey, I was available. I love Mia Farrow (obviously), and I had never heard of this film, so I had to see it.
Mia plays Sarah, a young woman who is recovering from a horse fall that has left her blinded. She arrives at her Aunt and Uncle’s estate for some r & r and to get back on her feet. They live on a large piece of land, and their home is huge, but Sarah is determined to navigate her surroundings as she did before her accident. The family is over protective and dotes on her, as is her boyfriend Steve, who is eager to continue their relationship.
Unfortunately, there is a darker side to this seemingly straightforward story. The town harbours a maniac. The film opens with a man leaving the local theatre. He has just see a double feature of “Convent Murders” and “Rapist Cult”. He is definitely not on a date. We are only shown his skinny lady legs and groovy brown cowboy boots, complete with white stars on the front. When these boots are marred by Sarah’s uncle as he splashed them with the car, the killer has his next target. Lady Legs scratches Uncle George’s fancy car, and they are now marked for death.
Steve sends for Sarah so they can go on a date, and they go horseback riding. As Steve tries to rekindle the flame between them, Lady Legs murders Aunt Betty, Uncle George and cousin Sandy. Sarah arrives home, deep in thought about her relationship and unaware that the corpses of her entire family lies scattered around the house, bloodied and ravaged by bullets. Thinking that everyone has gone about their evening plans, Sarah putters around, narrowly missing broken glass in stocking feet, and goes to bed. The next morning, she is summoned by Steve so he can surprise her with a new horse, Dandy Star, and she narrowly misses discovering her dead uncle in the bathtub. When she returns to finally take her bath, she is horrified to find Uncle George and Sandy shot to death, and can only assume the worst for Aunt Betty. In a panic, she falls down some cellar stairs, makes her way back up and finds the dying gardener, Barber. He tells her that the killer will be back to find a name bracelet he dropped in the house, and a game of cat and mouse ensues between Killer Lady Legs and Sarah. She escapes on her horse, but falls off and wanders around until she stumbles upon a gypsy camp. This is where the story gets a bit tedious. Killer Lady Legs and one of the gypsy dudes has the same name. When the gypsies think their one of their own has done the crimes, they lock Sarah up in a shed in the middle of a clay pit. She escapes and Steve finds her, brings her back to his home, where Killer Lady Legs makes his final attempt to get rid of her.
I liked this movie because even though it got a tiny bit tedious towards the end, the director, Richard Fleischer (of Soylent Green fame), created a good amount of suspense with the camera work. He shows the isolation and desperation you can only imagine Sarah feels. Her size is a stark contrast to the huge house and vast surroundings. And I felt that everyone, from the farm hands to the gypsies, was a suspect. Which is not unusual for me in my day-to-day life.
I also loved the introduction to our faceless killer. The boots were just ridiculous. And that double feature he comes out of?! Wow! Can you imagine “Rapist Cult” and “Convent Murders” being on your actor’s resume? Sums that dude up in one shot. Dirty, dirty psycho. To me, this film could also be an early reference to all the slasher/stalker teen flicks of the ’80’s.
I thought Mia was great! I’m not going to name any of the other actors, because I don’t really care about them. For me it’s all about Mia. I think they cast her perfectly because she looks so frail, but has quite the backbone. Here’s a link to Imdb if you want a full cast list. All in all, a pretty entertaining late night watch. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067727/
Most Memorable Line: When Sarah stumbles upon the gypsy camp, one of the matrons calms her down with a slap and says after, “It’s all right lovey-no one’s gonna hurt you!” Again, she says this after she slaps her. Where I come from, a slap in the face is someone hurting you. Just saying…
Favorite Scene: The very ending. SO WEIRD! As the police cart off the bodies of Sarah’s family, the gypsies all peer through the wrought iron fence with odd, vacant looks in their eyes. Perfect ’70’s ending.