German title: Der Zeuge hinter der Wand Spain title: Diabólica malicia Greek title: Τι είδε το πονηρό μάτι Russian title: Дитя ночи Original title: Night Hair Child
Alternative titles: Diabolisch | What the Peeper saw | Night Child | Child of the Night | La tua presenza nuda | Ti eide to poniro mati | La Tua presenza nuda
Thriller – Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, FRG Production year: 1970 Movie length: 96 minutes (12 votes cast)
Director: James Kelley, Andrea Bianchi Writer: Andrea Bianchi, Erich Kröhnke, Bautista Lacasa, Trevor Preston Cinematograph: Luis Cuadrado, Harry Waxman Music: Stelvio Cipriani
In this stylish and atmospheric psychological thriller reminiscent of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, a widowed English writer brings a young, glamorous new bride to his bleak, isolated home in rural Spain. She soon becomes obsessed with her 12-year old stepson, who she learns has just been expelled from school for mysterious offenses; while the boy enjoys, exploits, and feeds her increasing paranoia about him. That he is a brilliant and lonely child is obvious. But is he the victim of a neurotic woman’s overwrought imagination – in Shakespeare’s words, the innocent flower, or the serpent under it?