Finally, this ace film has been released on dvd. Considering its credentials- two of the cast have been knighted, for god's sake!- it's very odd that it's remained in obscurity for so long. But finally we can all enjoy this spooky little thriller, set in London and directed by Otto Preminger at the height of his then considerable powers. Laurence Olivier is the investigating officer, Carol Lynley is the girl in distress, Keir Dullea is her over-protective brother, Anna Massey is the school teacher under pressure, Finlay Currie- you know, the guy who played Magwitch in Great Expectations?- is the old toymaker, Noel Coward is the scary man who lives next door, and Adrienne Corri- you know, the chick who was attacked by the droogs in A Clockwork Orange?- is her usual twitchy self. It's a great story, and you really aren't too sure how it's going to turn out, so I won't say too much about THAT. The Zombies are for some reason each credited separately, although all they do in the film is play a couple of songs on the television in the pub Laurence Olivier is hanging out in. Everybody is just on top of their form, especially Carol Lynley, who does a super job- you really can't tell quite whether she's suffering from the loss of her daughter or from a nervous breakdown. Mega-recommended.