Night, after Night, after Night. (1969)

Title card for Night, after Night, after Night. (1969)

UK,
88m
35m, colour
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Lindsay Shonteff using the pseudonym Lewis J. Force.

Plot Summary

Detective Inspector Bill Rowan investigations into the murders of a number of young women send him in pursuit of chief suspect Pete Laver, a convicted rapist. When Rowan's wife Jenny falls to the killer's blade and victims six and seven have been similarly dispatched, a distraught Rowan engineers Laver's arrest and he's set to be tried by Judge Charles Lomax, a notoriously harsh sentencer of sex offenders. But Lomax suffers a breakdown mid-trial and is discovered in a secret chamber by his misogynist clerk, Carter donning a black wig and leathers. Rowan realises late in the day that Lomax is the serial killer…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Lewis J. Force [real name: Lindsay Shonteff]
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Produced by: James Mellor
Production Manager: Walter James
Story & Script: Dail Ambler
Assistant Director: Ernie Lewis
Director of Photography: Douglas Hill
Camera Operator: John Shann
Film Editor: John Rushton
Music and ‘Helena's Theme‘ Composed and Conducted by: Douglas Gamley
Sound Recordist: Robert Cox
Sound Editor: Peter Compton
Dubbing Mixer: Trevor Pyke
Wardobe: Pat Fisher
Make Up: Elenor Jones
Art Director: Wilfred Arnold
Filmed on location in London, England

Cast
Jack May (Judge [Charles] Lomax)
Justine Lord (Helena Lomax)
Gilbert Wynne (Inspector [Bill] Rowan)
Donald Sumpter (Pete Laver)
Gary Hope [in opening titles but not closing titles]
Linda Marlowe (Jenny Rowan)
Jack Smethurst (chief inspector)
Terry Scully (Carter)
Peter Forbes-Robertson (Powell)
Jacqueline Clerk (Josie Leach)
Michael Nightingale (solicitor)
John Gabriel (counsel)
Elizabeth Murray (Marion Brown)
Walter Horsbrugh (doctor)
Simon Lack (counsel)
Bernard G. High (witness)
Gary Hope, Roy Skelton (counsels)
Carol Haddon (1st prostitute)
Yvonne Paul (2nd prostitute)
April Harlow (1st stripper)
Shirley Easton (2nd stripper)

Alternative Titles

Evil Is… – working title
He Kills Night After Night After Night
Il mostro delle notti di Londra – Italy
Night Slasher
Yö yön jälkeen – Finland

Press

1970
Kinematograph Weekly no.3254 (21 February 1970) p.28
Simple melodrama with a spice of blood, sex, and insanity, this will pass in most situations. X fare for the uncritical. […] The plot is a pretty heavy amalgam of false clues and values, but the identity of the mad murderer is not likely to puzzle practised audiences, in spite of contrived red herrings such as making the judge's clerk a wild-eyed, but harmless, sexual pervert. The main story of mystery, murder and detection is unnecessarily held up by inclusion of love scenes illustrating Pete Laver's lusty habits and the ending is anti climax. That experienced actor Jack May gives the part of Judge Lomax all the essential melodramatic overtones and Gilbert Wynne walks competently through the role of Inspector Rowan. Donald Sumpter enjoys a far meatier character as Pete Laver, and Justine Lord combines beauty and worry as the judge's neglected wife. – from a review by Graham Clarke

References

Periodicals

  • Board of Trade Journal vol.198 no.3806 (25 February 1970) p.530 – note (Registrations of British and foreign films)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.3254 (21 February 1970) p.28 – credits, review (by Graham Clarke)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.435 (April 1970) pp.82-83 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Today's Cinema no.9782 (24 February 1970) p.10
  • Variety vol.258 no.11 (29 April 1970) p.105 – credits (British films for release)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.209
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.98, 189, 199.272
  • Film Review 1971-72 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.231
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.316
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.259 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.352
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1971 p.113
  • by Walt Lee p.333 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.200-201
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.161-162