The Night Has Eyes

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The Night Has Eyes
Moonlight Madness poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Leslie Arliss
Produced by John Argyle
Written by Leslie Arliss
John Argyle
Alan Kennington (Novel)
Starring James Mason
Wilfrid Lawson
Mary Clare
Joyce Howard
Music by Charles Williams
Cinematography Günther Krampf
Edited by Flora Newton
Distributed by Pathé Pictures International
Release date
1 June 1942
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Night Has Eyes, released in the United States as Terror House and Moonlight Madness, is a 1942 British thriller film directed by Leslie Arliss and starring James Mason, Joyce Howard, Wilfrid Lawson and Mary Clare.[1]


Two young teachers travel to the Yorkshire Moors where their friend disappeared a year before. Before long they have encountered the man they believe to be her murderer.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

Leonard Maltin called the film an "OK mystery";[3] Allmovie called it a "taut British chiller" ;[4] and TV Guide wrote, "though melodramatic and soundstage-bound, TERROR HOUSE is still quite effective and eerie. Fog covers almost every exterior; cinematographer Gunther Krampf spent long periods getting the artificial fog at just the right density...The final film was almost too effective, and after initially getting an A rating from the British censor and being booked on the biggest cinema circuit in Britain, the rating was suddenly changed to H (for "Horrific"), making it off-limits for anyone under 16 years of age. The big circuits had a policy of showing only A films, so the independent cinemas became the big winners, getting an excellent thriller starring Mason, Britain's top leading man at the time."[5]