Psychological thriller Cape Fear is the Under Ground Theatre's art house film choice for February. They will be showing the 1962 original, not the 1991 Scorsese remake. Based on the John D MacDonald novel, The Executioners, the screenplay was written by James R Webb and the film was directed by J Lee Thompson. Thompson was a big Alfred Hitchcock fan and wanted his film to contain references to his hero's work. He filmed in black and white and also used lighting and music effects to convey a threatening atmosphere instead of actually showing all the violence outright.
When Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is released from an eight year prison sentence for rape, he tracks down the lawyer he believes was responsible for his conviction. He subjects the lawyer, Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck) and his family to a campaign of intimidation which includes the poisoning of their dog. Bowden can't prove that Cady is behind the poisoning so he hires a private detective, Charlie Sievers (Telly Savalas). Cady responds by viciously attacking a local woman and Bowden starts to seriously fear for his family.
Under Ground Theatre, Thu 21st Feb, 19:30.
Tickets £5, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926 or in person at the Under Ground Theatre.