31 Days Of Thrilling Horror: Don’t Look Now

Don’t Look Now is a 1973 thriller / horror from British director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, The Man Who Fell to Earth).

It stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a married couple whose young daughter recently died in a tragic drowning. They take a working vacation in Venice to try to overcome their grief. Christie runs into two elderly sisters. One of them is blind and claims to be able to talk to the dead. She starts telling Christie that she’s in contact with her daughter. Sutherland doesn’t believe in the old woman and thinks that the sisters are trying to scam them somehow. Meanwhile there is a serial killer stalking the streets of Venice.

Nicolas Roeg was a cinematographer before he became a director and he has a very unique visual style. He tends to tell a non-linear story. His first film Performance is a weird, surreal, messed up story of a gangster (James Fox) who ends up slowly trading places with rock star Mick Jagger. In 1990 he adapted Roald Dahl’s children’s novel The Witches into a live action movie. It was the last movie that Jim Henson worked on and the movie is a fairly creepy film with Angelica Huston portraying the head witch as an entity of pure evil.

Don’t Look Now is a slow moving thriller but the build up and the payoff is worth the wait. The film is also notorious for a love scene between Christie and Sutherland that was fairly graphic in the 1970’s and still is today.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

5 thoughts on “31 Days Of Thrilling Horror: Don’t Look Now”

  1. Like “The Birds”, this film was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier short story; unlike Hitchcock, Roeg adapted faithfully.

  2. The story is good, though you’ll find it quite different from the film. Hitchcock tended to borrow a title and some details from an original source, and then whip up his own creation (I think his “39 Steps” illustrates this almost as well as “The Birds”). The original du Maurier story is just as scary but is also bleaker than the movie.
    Interestingly enough, Hitchcock followed the original Robert Bloch story pretty faithfully when he made “Psycho”.

  3. “Bleaker”? Uh oh. Because that is a very bleak movie.

    Didn’t Robert Bloch also write a serial killer story for the original Star Trek? “Wolf In The Fold”? Yes I am a nerd.

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