In the Devil’s Garden / Assault / Tower of Terror (1971)

“He has a psychopathic disregard for human life.”

Synopsis:
An art teacher (Suzy Kendall) at a girls’ school in London catches a glimpse of the man who raped two of her students and murdered one of them. With the help of Detective Velyan (Frank Finlay) and a reporter (Freddie Jones), she sets a trap to try to bait the killer.

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Review:
This British slasher flick (known as The Creepers in the U.K., where it was recently re-released on DVD) will primarily be of interest to either fans of the genre, or those who enjoy watching teenage girls in skimpy school uniforms. While it’s difficult to guess who the real killer is here, it’s also difficult to care much one way or the other. Kendall is a beautiful leading lady, but she’s given such unoriginal scenes to walk through that she doesn’t leave much of an impression.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • A competent, if uninspired, tale of killer-baiting

Must See?
No. Though Peary lists this as a cult movie in the back of his book, it’s certainly not must-see viewing.

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One Response to “In the Devil’s Garden / Assault / Tower of Terror (1971)”

  1. First (and last) viewing. Not must-see.

    Obscure, somewhat amateurish, sometimes boring, sometimes stupid, and immensely forgettable. It also (at times) has an almost-hilariously abrasive/intrusive film score attached to it.

    Fave exchange:
    “Would [the dog] go as far as the Common on his own?”
    “He might – it depends, if there’s a bitch in season.”

    The conclusion is a tad unintentionally funny.

    Skip it.

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