Experiment in Terror

1962

Crime / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 5098

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 04, 2022 at 06:02 PM

Director

Cast

Ned Glass as Popcorn
Ross Martin as Red Lynch
Patricia Huston as Nancy Ashton
James T. Callahan as FBI Agent
720p.BLU
1.11 GB
1280*694
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Wow--this is a really tense crime drama

This is an exceptionally tense crime drama that succeeds as well as it does because the film strives for realism and the overall writing is so good. Instead of the film being told in a Film Noir style (which predominated in the prior two decades), the film is a straight FBI drama that avoids the usual cop movie clichés and expected twists and turns. This is heightened by simple yet realistic performances by Lee Remick and Glenn Ford as well as a very convincing psychopathic performance by Ross Martin. Martin's evil wheezing criminal genius was highly reminiscent of the character he later played on "The Wild, Wild West", as he used disguises very effectively and convincingly. The writing was generally good and Blake Edwards simple direction excellent as well. About the only negative, and it's a very small one, is when the younger sister (played by Stephanie Powers) so easily falls into the trap of Martin towards the end--it really seemed a bit too easy--especially since she knew the psychopath was ready to strike. Regardless, it's a dynamite and tense drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

PS--For fans of old time baseball, look closely for shots of Don Drysdale, John Roseboro and others during the final scenes at Candlestick Park.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10

Lab Rats

The lab rat in this particular Experiment In Terror is Lee Remick who works as a bank teller and lives and supports her younger sister Stefanie Powers. The guy doing the experimenting is Ross Martin.

What Martin has is a scheme whereby Remick embezzles a hundred grand from the bank she's a teller at or otherwise she and/or Powers will be killed. She never sees Martin's face, so she can't identify him, but his asthmatic raspy voice is his unmistakable trademark. It's also part of what makes Martin so scary.

As a film Experiment In Terror rises and falls on Ross Martin's performance. If you in the audience ain't scared to death of what this man is capable of, the whole film wouldn't work. Blake Edwards got a great performance out of Martin, one that should have been recognized in the Best Supporting Actor category. Why it wasn't God only knows.

Martin even reached into his bag of disguise tricks that he used repeatedly when he was Artemis Gordon on The Wild Wild West. At one point he confronts Sherwood in the ladies room of a club and Martin is complete in drag, looking every bit as murderous as Tony Perkins was in Psycho.

Glenn Ford is the lead character here as the FBI agent assigned to track Martin down when Remick contacts them. They really did work quite discreetly in this situation and Ford proves to be smarter than Martin, when Martin tries to find out if he's been informed on. It's a good part for Ford, but it doesn't really develop into a three dimensional character because of the way the script is written.

The film really belongs to Martin as the experimenter and Remick and Powers as his lab rats. Some other familiar faces here are Roy Poole as another FBI agent, Clifton James as a local homicide cop, and Ned Glass as a rather quirky informant.

The film also features some nice shots of Candlestick Park in San Francisco where the final confrontation takes place after a Dodger-Giant ballgame. Don Drysdale gets a nice close-up on the pitcher's mound and you can spot a lot of the players of the great Dodger and Giant teams of the day. Candlestick Park was a year old at the time, the newest stadium in the Big Leagues. Dodger Stadium opened that year in 1962, but more than likely the film was shot earlier. Candlestick Park is gone now, but anyone who owns Experiment In Terror DVD or VHS has the memories preserved.

Films like Experiment In Terror inevitably bring comparison usually to their detriment with the work of Alfred Hitchcock. I'm here to say that I can't fault Blake Edwards any way for this film. Hitch could not have done better with it.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

Lee Remick's eyes

Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) is threatened by a breathy man. She must help him steal $100,000 from the bank where she works, or he will do unspeakable things to her and her sister Toby (Stefanie Powers). FBI agent Ripley (Glenn Ford) investigates.

It's one part police crime drama and one part psychological thriller. The psychological thriller works better and it's all due to Lee Remick. It's in her eyes. The movie starts with the man terrorizing our heroine. It is scary tense-filled opening. I really felt Lee Remick's fear. As the investigation gets going, the story loses some of its intensity. Every time we get back to Lee Remick, the movie picks up steam.

I guess this is before crooks started kidnapping family members to force bank manager to do the robberies. The bad guy should really have kidnapped the younger sister right off the bat. Some of it wasn't completely logical. Comedic director Blake Edwards switches gears and shows that he could deliver the tension. If he could drop the old fashion police crime drama, this could be much more interesting.

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