Assault (1970)

87m, 91m, 8160 feet
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British horror thriller directed by Sidney Hayers.

Plot Summary

The police call on the services of a local doctor and schoolteacher to help crack the case of a serial rapist who has turned to murder.


Directed by: Sidney Hayers
© Rank Film Distributors Ltd. MCMLXX
A Peter Rogers production
Executive Producer: Peter Rogers
Produced by: George H. Brown
Screenplay by: John Kruse
From the novel ‘The Ravine' by: Kendal Young
Director of Photography: Ken Hodges
Editor: Anthony Palk
Music Composed and Coducted by: Eric Rogers
Sound Recordists: Barrie Copland, Ken Barker
Costume Designer: Courtenay Elliott
Make-up: Geoffrey Rodway
Hair: Joyce Woods
Art Director: Lionel Couch

Suzy Kendall (Julie West)
Frank Finlay (Detective Chief Superintendent Velyan)
Lesley-Anne Down (Tessa Hurst)
James Laurenson (Greg Lomax)
Freddie Jones (reporter)
Tony Beckley (Leslie Sanford)
Dilys Hamlett (Mrs Sanford)
Anthony Ainley (Mr Bartell)
James Cosmo (Detective Sergeant Beale)
Patrick Jordan (Sergeant Milton)
Allan Cuthbertson (coroner)
Anabel Littledale (Susan Miller)
Tom Chatto (police doctor)
Kit Taylor (doctor)
Marianne Stone (matron)
William Hoyland (chemist in hospital)
Jan Butlin (day receptionist)
Jill Carey (night receptionist)
John Swindells (desk sergeant)
Valerie Shute (girl in chemist shop)

Alternative Titles

In the Devil's Garden – USA
Satan's Playthings – USA
Terrore al London College – USA
Tower of Terror – USA (television)



  • Kine Weekly no.3305 (13 February 1971) p.9 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.446 (March 1971) p.44 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema no.9814 (16 June 1970) – note
  • Today's Cinema no.9882 (19 February 1971) p.8 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema no.9816 (23 June 1970) p.6 – credits (In production)
  • Today's Cinema no.9818 (30 June 1970) p.12 – credits (In production)
  • Variety 24 February 1971 p.18 – credits, review
  • Videooze no.5 pp.12-13 – review


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.217
  • Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
  • Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Eric McNaughton and Darrell Buxton (eds.) pp.10-11 – illustrated review (by Ian Taylor)
  • Elliot's Guide to Films on Video p.38 – UK video data
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cettl p.44 – credits, review