Fragment of Fear (1970)

95m, 8525 feet
35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Richard C. Sarafian.

Plot Summary

When his aunt is murdered and the don't seem too concerned, Tim Brett begins investigating on his own. He discovers that the woman ran a support group for ex-offenders, some of who are now in positions of power. Strange things start to happen and Brett is soon being harassed by and followed by government agents…


Directed by: Directed by::Person::Richard C. Sarafian
© MCMLXX [1970] Columbia (British) Productions Ltd.
Columbia Pictures presents
Produced by: John R. Sloan
Associate Producer: Paul Dehn
Italian Production Manager: Mara Blasetti
Production Supervisor: Basil Rayburn
Screenplay by: Paul Dehn
Based on the novel by John Bingham
Assistant Director: Bill Cartlidge
Continuity: Josephine Knowles
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Camera Operator: Jimmy Turrell
Chief Set Electrician: Ron Pearce
Film Editor: Malcolm Cooke
Assistant Editor: Peter Watson
Color by: Technicolor
Music Composed and Conducted by: Johnny Harris
Sound Recordists: Ken Ritchie, Bob Jones
Sound Editor: Dino Di Campo
RCA Recording System
Costume Designer: Phyllis Dalton
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jean Fairlie
Wardrobe Master: Charles Guerin
Make-up: Bob Lawrence
Hairdresser: Pat McDermott
Title Backgrounds: Patrick Carey
Art Director: Raymond Simm
Assistant Art Director: Bob Cartwright
Set Dresser: Peter James
Chief Props: Jack Towns
Construction Manager: Vic Simpson
Filmed on location [London, England, UK; Pompeii, Naples, Campania, Italy] and at Shepperton Studios, London, England
Location Manager: Bob Simmonds
Casting: Harvey Woods

David Hemmings (Tim Brett)
Gayle Hunnicutt (Juliet Bristow)
Wilfrid Hyde-White (Mr Copsey)
Flora Robson (Lucy Dawson)
Adolfo Celi (Signor Bardoni)
Roland Culver (Mr Vellacot)
Daniel Massey as Major Ricketts
Mona Washbourne (Mrs Gray)
Arthur Lowe (Mr Nugent)
Derek Newark (Sergeant Matthews)
Yootha Joyce (Miss Ward-Cadbury)
Mary Wimbush (Bunface)
Philip Stone (CID Sergeant)
Glynn Edwards (CID Superintendent)
Patricia Hayes (Mrs Baird)
Angelo Infanti (Bruno)
Bernard Archard (priest)
Kenneth Cranham (Joe)
Massimo Sarchielli (Mario)
Michael Rothwell (Rocky)
Petra Markham, Georgina Moon, Lois Hyett (schoolgirls)
Edward Kemp (Kenny)
Richard Kerr (pop singer)
John Rae (Uncle Stanley)
Hilda Barry (Miss Dacey)
Kurt Christian (Nino)
Jessica Dublin, Louise Lambert (American matrons)
Columbus (a London pigeon)

Alternative Titles

Frammenti di paura – Italian title
Freelance – US title
Los pasos del miedo – Spanish title
Pelon äänet – Finnish title
Pelon sirpaleita – Finnish title


Filmfacts vol.14 no.22 (1971) pp.590-591 – reprinted review
Films and Filming vol.17 no.3 (December 1970) p.52 – illustrated credits, review (by Richard Davis)
Jeune cinema no.83 (December/January 1974/1975) pp.18-20 – review
Kine Weekly no.3282 (5 September 1970) p.8 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.441 (October 1970) p.201 – credits, synopsis, review (by David McGillivray)
Sight & Sound vol.28 no.1 (January 2018) p.100 – illustrated blu-ray review (by Trevor Johnston)
Today's Cinema no.9679 (2 June 1969) p.9 – credits
Today's Cinema no.9836 (4 September 1970) p.6 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
Variety 9 September 1970 p.16 – credits, review (by Rich)

Los Angeles Times 1 October 1971 – review (by Kevin Thomas)

Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
Elliot's Guide to Films on Video p.303 – credits, review
Ten Years of Terror pp.27 – credits, illustrated review (by David Flint)