I Saw What You Did (1965)
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IN THE PREHISTORIC DAYS BEFORE CALL-DISPLAY
One Ringy-Dingy......Two Ringy-Dingy.......
I SAW WHAT YOU DID (ISWYD) is an effective, little slice of 60's terror 'n' scare. It all revolves around the consequences resulting from a childish, telephone prank. Now, how's that for a pretty simple-minded premise for a movie plot? It couldn't get much less innocuous than that. But, then again, place a benign device, such as a telephone receiver, into the capable hands of shock-meister, director, WILLIAM CASTLE, and this harmless, everyday implement suddenly becomes horrifyingly transformed into an ultimate tool of terror.......YIKES!!
While their parents are away, the children will play.
Our setting here is an isolated home far out in the country. A perfect location for suggesting potential helplessness. ISWYD is a story of what transpires shortly after 2 bored teenage girls, getting their kicks, make a random, prank phone call. One girl, with eyes shut tight, picks out any old phone number from the local phonebook and then the 2nd girl dials it up. Disguising her voice, pseudo-seductively like, she softly purrs into the ear of the person on the other end of the receiver, "I saw what you did. And I know who you are."
Unfortunately, for these 2 snickering, young teeny-boppers, this time these seemingly tame words, "I saw what you did", are spoken unknowingly to a man in the burbs who has just brutally slashed up his wife, psycho-style (yes, in the shower, of course) to, literally, pieces. This knife-wielding beast's name is Steve Merrick. He's a real cool, cold-blooded sick-o played by the aging, movie-menace, JOHN IRELAND.
Psycho-Steve, being a real smooth operator (all psychos are, you know), quickly finds out, without arousing suspicion, where these 2 girls live. This is done with the help of his prying, love-sick neighbour, who, wouldn't you know it, becomes Steve's next victim to be slashed up to total ribbons. Boy-Oh-Boy, when it comes to butchering women, Steve doesn't mess around for a minute. I think this guy's had lots, and lots, of practice.
Before you know it, what started out, strictly for laughs (ha. ha. ha.) as an innocent joke for these 2 blue-jeaned teens, now turns into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. And, believe me, Steve-Baby will stop at nothing to silence these girls. Nothing!
There's a moral message hidden somewhere in this story, don't you think? And, a dire warning, too, strongly advising teens, or anyone else, for that matter, not to use the telephone as a damn plaything.......Or else, look what'll happen!
HERE'S A PRE-VIEWING PROMISE.......ISWYD has one hell of an awesome, hair-raising climax to it. A real wallop. I guarantee that this flick's finale will have you squirming in absolute terror-stricken anxiety, perched precariously on the ultimate edge of your seat. It will!
DON'T HANG UP! 'Cause I saw what you did. And I know who you are!!
One Ringy-Dingy.......Two Ringy-Dingy......Uh.......Sorry, but the number you've called is no longer in service!
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