Wait Until Dark (1967)

Audrey Hepburn… seeing through men’s bullshit since 1967…

A recently blinded woman (Hepburn) is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

Based on the stage play by Frederick Knott, but brought to the silver screen in 1967 by Terence Young, Wait Until Dark is a cunning, tight paced thriller, with a refreshing twist on the home invasion subgenre.

Leading lady, Audrey Hepburn, is truly a star. She is absolutely mesmerizing on screen and adeptly plays the insecure and visually challenged character with such bravado and confidence. The villains are equally as good, with a young Alan Arkin who is chillingly manic and Richard Crenna who is manipulative yet shows a softer side of sympathy.

It’s clever twists and turns are reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, which funnily enough was a screenplay also penned by Frederick Knott. The film’s single location creates a tense and claustrophobic atmosphere and the dialogue heavy script is a treat to behold.

Wait Until Dark is an elegant timeless classic and an enthralling ride from start to finish. Fans of the home invasion subgenre should certainly seek this treasure out, if not for the script then for the lovely miss Audrey Hepburn who captivatingly puts the pieces of this suspicious puzzle together.

8.5 / 10

“How would you like to do something difficult and terribly dangerous?”


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