Fear in the Night (1972)

85m, 8,468 feet
35mm, Technicolor
mono, English
Reviewed at The

A British psychological horror film directed by Jimmy Sangster.

Plot Summary

Shortly before her new husband takes up a position as a teacher at a boy's school, Peggy is attacked by a one-armed man. When she arrives at the virtually deserted school, she is horrified to find that the sinister headmaster has only one arm…


Directed by: Jimmy Sangster
© MCMLXXII [1972] Hammer Film Productions Ltd.
A Hammer production
Produced by: Jimmy Sangster
Production Manager: Christopher Neame
Production Supervisor: Roy Skeggs
Screen-Play by: Jimmy Sangster, Michael Syson
Assistant Director: Ted Morley
Continuity: Gladys Goldsmith
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
Camera Operator: Neil Binney
Editor: Peter Weatherley
Music Composed by: John McCabe
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor: Roy Hyde
Dubbing Recording: Dennis Whitlock
Recording Director: Tony Lumkin [real name: A.W. Lumkin]
RCA Sound System
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rosemary Burrows
Make-up: Bill Partleton [real name: W.T. Partleton]
Hairdresser: Helen Lennox
Art Director: Don Picton
Set Dresser: Penny Struthers
Construction Manager: Bill Greene
Made at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England
Casting Director: James Liggat

Judy Geeson (Peggy)
Joan Collins (Molly)
Ralph Bates (Robert)
Peter Cushing ([Michael] the headmaster)
James Cossins (doctor)
Gillian Lind (Mrs Beamish)
Brian Grellis (2nd policeman)
John Bown (1st policeman)

Alternative Titles

Dynasty of Fear – re-release title
Honeymoon of Fear – alternative title
Ihmisvampyyrit – Finnish title
Miedo en la noche – Spanish title
Nachts kommt die Angst – German title
Nocne leki – Polish title
Paura nella notte – Italian title
Skräckens hus – Swedish title

Extracts included in
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989)
The World of Hammer: Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing (1994)

Cast Gallery

Production Notes

Filming began on 15 November 1971 1Today's Cinema no.9951 (26 October 1971) p.8 (Films shooting in November)



  • Cinema of the '70s no.1 (2020) pp.49-68 – illustrated article (Straight on till '79: A decade of Hammer horror by Ian Taylor)
  • CinemaTV Today no.9960 (18 December 1971) p.14 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.9988 (8 July 1972) p.22 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.11 (December 1995) pp.36-41 – illustrated credits, synopsis, production notes
  • Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) pp.16, 17 – note
  • The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.437-439 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.463 (August 1972) pp.16-161 – synopsis, credits, review
  • Today's Cinema no.9951 (26 October 1971) p.8 – note (Films shooting in November)
  • Today's Cinema no.9952 (29 October 1971) p.8 – note (Around with Ronnie Cowan by Ronnie Cowan)
  • Today's Cinema no.9955 (13 November 1971) pp.12-13 – article (Hammer's double value by Sue Clarke)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.253 – illustrated credits, review
  • English Gothic (2nd edition) by Jonathan Rigby pp.188, 197 – notes
  • Film Review 1972-1973 by F. Maurice Speed p.219 – credits
  • Hammer Complete: The films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp. 267-268- illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Hammer Films' Psychological Thrillers 1950-1972 by David Huckvale pp.160-166
  • Hammer Films: The Elstree Studio Years by Wayne Kinsey pp.317-324
  • The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films by Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes 65; 180
  • The Hammer Vault by Marcus Hearn pp.146-147
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis pp.130-131 – credits
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.285-289 – illustrated credits, review
  • Ten Years of Terror pp.147-148 – illustrated credits, review (by Harvey Fenton)