Almost a love story.
Terence Stamp ventures into Norman Bates country as a decidedly proper, and ultra-creepy young man with a lot of secrets.
Taking a breather from pursuing butterflies, he turns to kidnapping, snatching Samantha Eggar and holding her prisoner in his old farm house in the middle of nowhere.
He’s doing it for true love, or so he repeatedly tells her, which is far from reassuring when you’re shackled in the cellar.
Director William Wyler, who copped his record 12th Oscar nomination for Best Director, still had the magic touch – crafting a tense chiller with a dark finale.