Released to American cinemas as Terror From Under The
House, this was the second collaboration between between
director Sidney Hayers, Carry On producer
Peter Rogers and screenwriter John Kruse following Assault
Jim (James Booth), the landlord of a quaint English pub (the
type of which are rapidly becoming a thing of the past), learns
that the local misfit Seely (Kenneth Griffith), who is suspected
of the rape and murder of Jim's daughter Jenny, has been released
from police custody without charge through lack of evidence.
Encouraged by his son Lee (Tom Marshall) and friend Harry (Ray
Barrett), Jim kidnaps Seely and drags him to the pub's cellar,
where the threesome proceed to beat a confession out of him.
Jim overdoes it somewhat and strangles the man to death, leaving
the corpse locked in the cellar while they think of a way to
dispose of it. He isn't actually dead, however, and his mere
presence down below is enough to drive Jim, his wife Carol (Joan
Collins) and the rest of the family upstairs round the bend,
resulting in paranoia, distrust and sexual assault.
The final twist is too trite and unconvincing and the story
too dull to maintain interest. The performances, though, are
excellent, especially Collins, Booth and Griffith as the creepy
yet pitiful Seely, who may or may not be the child murderer.
Hayers directed two minor horror classics, Circus Of
Horrors (1960) and Night Of The Eagle
(1961), but this routine film is far beneath his talents. He
finished his long career in American television, working on
The Fall Guy, Knight Rider
and The A-Team amongst others.