Fragment of Fear

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"Murder in Pompeii. Voices in the night. Despair in the gutter. A phantasmagoria of fright!"
  • GP
  • 1970
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.1  (941)

Fragment of Fear is a British-Italian psychological thriller film from 1970 that is based on John Bingham's book "A Fragment of Fear". The movie was directed by Richard C. Sarafian and stars David Hemmings, Gayle Hunnicutt, and Wilfrid Hyde-White. The film follows the story of Tim Brett, played by David Hemmings, a recovering drug addict and writer who is trying to piece together the events leading up to the death of his aunt. While investigating her death, Tim uncovers a web of intrigue and murder that threatens to consume him.

The movie begins with Tim arriving in Italy from England to visit his aunt, played by Flora Robson, who had raised him as a child. However, he discovers that she has died under mysterious circumstances, and the police are investigating it as a suicide. Tim is not convinced that his aunt killed herself and sets out to investigate her death.

As Tim searches for the truth about his aunt's death, he becomes increasingly paranoid and starts seeing things that may or may not be there. He also starts to receive threatening phone calls, and his apartment is ransacked. Tim becomes convinced that he is being followed and that someone is trying to silence him.

As the movie progresses, Tim meets several people who may hold clues to his aunt's death. These include his aunt's former psychiatrist, Dr. McNally, played by Wilfrid Hyde-White; a wealthy art collector, Esther, played by Gayle Hunnicutt, who had been friends with his aunt for years, and a mysterious woman, Rosalind, played by Adolfo Celi, who Tim suspects may have been involved in his aunt's death.

Fragment of Fear is a tense thriller that keeps the audience guessing until the very end. The movie is full of twists and turns, and the plot never becomes predictable. The film's suspense is enhanced with a haunting score composed by Johnny Harris that adds to the eerie mood.

David Hemmings gives a powerful performance as Tim, capturing the turmoil and confusion of a man who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his aunt and the events surrounding it. Gayle Hunnicutt and Wilfrid Hyde-White also deliver strong performances in their respective roles.

Director Richard C. Sarafian successfully creates a dark and foreboding atmosphere that permeates throughout the movie. The use of locations in Italy adds an exotic and mysterious quality to the film, and the cinematography is effective in creating a sense of claustrophobia.

Overall, Fragment of Fear is an engaging and well-crafted thriller that keeps the audience guessing until the climactic finale.

Fragment of Fear is a 1970 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    6.1  (941)