If you haven’t seen Terence Young’s early home invasion tale, Wait Until Dark, you missed one hell of a film that still holds up to some of today’s greatest sub-genre offerings.
The oldest outright home invasion film I can peg off the top of my head, Wait Until Dark is loaded with tension as a small group of hoods break into a recently blinded woman’s home in search of a doll that’s rumored to be stuffed full of heroine.
It’s gripping, and it really does have a contemporary quality to it that isn’t often found in throwback features. Knowing it’s now officially available on Blu-ray is absolutely bad ass; this is a film that could pick up an entirely new generation of followers with a little shine, given the current popularity of home invasion films.
The flick has a great cast that includes Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna and Jack Weston. Jane-Howard Hammerstein and Robert Carrington adapt Frederick Knott’s play for the feature length film.
You can get a copy of the picture right here.
Here’s the official synopsis and trailer:
Susy was recently blinded and recently married. Susy’s husband, Sam, is asked to hold a doll for a woman he doesn’t know as they get off an airplane. The woman disappears. Later, she’s found dead by her former associates, Mike and Carlino, small-time hoods, in Susy’s basement apartment. (Both occupants of the apartment are then absent.) The doll woman’s newer partner in crime, Harry Rote, who murdered her for self-dealing, presses Mike and Carlino into a scheme to recover the doll, which contains a fortune in smuggled heroin. After disposing of the body, the thugs return while Susy is present to continue their search. They assume Susy’s blindness will enable them to search her apartment under her very nose for the doll. In Sam’s absence, Mike pretends to be an old friend of Sam’s, while the three together spin for Susy a story of a murder investigation of her husband from which only the finding of the missing doll can save him. Rote is a predator, and his stalking of Susy becomes ever…