Just in time for Halloween–our contest winner reveals her favorite scary movie

“Wait Until Dark is the sweetest thrill of a scary movie I know.  Audrey Hepburn, all fragile bones and immense, unseeing eyes, mesmerizes as she’s stalked by drug dealing tough Alan Arkin, who exudes menace – and odd ball suave.

The blind Hepburn, who never has to wait for dark, fumbles, stumbles and clutches with such looks of stricken horror and pale, sweaty adrenaline, that we feel it all too.  Arkin, with his equally pallid skin and vampirishly dark hair, multiplies the gothic atmosphere of this mod sixties thriller.

There are equal parts terror and surprise; this is a classic twists and turns film, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the tension.  Ironically, it is also a very visual film, and the shots, cuts and colors will stay with you long after the credits pass to black.  I first saw it when I was ten, and it stuck with me for decades, with no dvd/vcr reminders.  It will stick with you too.”

-by S.B. Arkun, grand prize winner of the Film Comment/Young Friends of Film Halloween contest

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