I Saw What You Did is not pure Horror for one thing, though it is clearly cautionary. I suppose it's difficult for me to remember that Castle made more movies than Bug and House on Haunted Hill, true Horror movies that tried to scare you. Sure a fella who just murdered his wife who is now coming after you is scary enough, but the way it's conveyed lacks suspense or shock. We don't see our villain as a terribly sadistic individual. Hell, we don't even have a genuine reason to be scared of him. Sure, he committed murder, but it sounds more like a crime of passion than criminally insane madman with a handful of knives.
I Saw What You Did is ordinary with Castle touches in dialogue, set up and actually a failed gimmick. I guess the story goes that Castle was going to have theater owners install seat belts in the seats and would be used to protect audience members who might be scared out of their seats. They dropped the gimmick leaving this even less of a Castle movie.
Is it worth a watch? Sure. It may not be Castle's finest hour, but it's a competent picture. If you want to check out a really great one, The Night Walker was put out between Strait-Jacket and I Saw What You Did in 1964. That one even made the Fango 300!
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From Scream Factory:
It starts as a game…and there’s no end in FRIGHT!
A simple prank call turns into a night of person-to-person terror in I Saw What You Did, a movie that dials up the suspense.
Teenagers Libby and Kit have found a new way to entertain themselves: by calling up random strangers and tormenting them with a warning: “I saw what you did, and I know who you are.” But when a man who has recently murdered his wife becomes their latest victim, the tables are quickly turned…and this wrong number may mean that their number is up.
Joan Crawford (What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, Trog) and John Ireland are among the stars in this chiller produced and directed by the legendary Master of the Macabre, William Castle (House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, Strait-Jacket).
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