The Night Has Eyes (1942)

UK, 1942
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Leslie Arliss.

Plot Summary

School teacher Marian and her friend Doris set out across the Yorkshire Moors to investigate the disappearance of another woman, Evelyn, a year before. They are stranded at an old house by a violent storm where they are given shelter by composer Stephen Deremid. But he has a terrible secret – driven mad by his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, he can no longer trust himself and fears that he may lose control.


Director: Leslie Arliss
ABPC, Pathe
Producer: John Argyle
Script: Leslie Arliss
Novel: Alan Kennington
Director of Photography: G√ľnther Krampf
Camera Operator: Ronald Anscombe
Editor: Flora Newton
Music: Charles Williams
Sound: Harry Benson, Albert Ross
Production Designer: Duncan Sutherland

James Mason (Stephen Deremid)
Wilfrid Lawson (Jim Sturrock)
Mary Clare (Mrs Ranger)
Joyce Howard (Marian Ives)
Tucker McGuire (Doris)
John Fernald (Dr Barry Randall)
Dorothy Black (Miss Fenwick)
Amy Dalby (Miss Miggs)

Alternative Titles

Terror House – USA



  • Kine Weekly no.1824 (2 April 1942) – review
  • The Missing Link no.2 p.5 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.9 p.42 – credits, review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.58 no.4704 (31 March 1942) – review
  • TV Times 26 July-1 August 1986 p.27 – review


  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.234 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.32, 32
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.23 – credits, review
  • Producers Releasing Corporation: A Comprehensive Filmography and History by Wheeler Dixon (ed.) p.142 – credits