Cinema: Look Back in Horror

The Night Walker is a lukewarm bloodbath, but it does afford Veteran Horrorist Barbara Stanwyck a chance to unleash her hysteria as of yore.

As a rich, unstable matron, Barbara finds ample cause for panic. She dreams pleasant dreams about an ardent young man, but wakes to a nightmare life with an insanely jealous husband who has no eyeballs, like Orphan Annie. His blindness encourages him to visualize elaborate hanky-panky between his wife and his attorney, Robert Taylor. When Husband Howard disappears in a fiery explosion, Barbara grows restive. Howard's cane begins tap-tapping around the house at midnight. She moves into the...

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