“THE WIND”— Staying Indoors


Staying Indoors

Amos Lassen

“The Wind” from filmmaker Nico Mastorakis is about mystery novelist Sian Anderson (Meg Foster)  who comes to the remote Greek town of Monemvasia. Elias Appleby (Robert Morley) is the pompous British landlord of the house she’s renting  and he warns her of two dangers: the wind, which gets dangerously strong at night, and Phil (Wings Hauser), his sleazy and suspicious American handyman. When night falls and the wind starts howling, Sian sees Phil burying Elias’s dead body in a shallow grave in his front garden. She is trapped indoors by the wild wind and she realizes that she must play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Phil, who’ll stop at nothing to quiet her so that she will not talk about what she saw.

Sian leaves boyfriend John (David McCallum) and Los Angeles and flies to a secluded island off Greece. She needs the isolation to write her next novel. Sian is warned to stay indoors at night because of the terrible windstorms daily. While she is writing one night, Phil murders Elias, who is trying to evict him. After Sian sees Phil burying something in the garden, she calls John, who is of little help mainly because he is in America.

The film then turns into a game of cat and mouse. Phil arms himself with a sickle, and slips in and out of Elias’ house, terrorizing Sian. John finally gets in touch with the local police, and Kesner (Steve Railsback), a stranded seamen, goes to investigate the call as a favor to the constable. Phil has been hiding the evidence, and Kesner believes Sian’s imagination may have got the best of her.

Kesner is killed and Sian stabs Phil and flees to freedom. Two newlyweds stop by the house and find no one home. Sian keeps falling into holes in the ground, and cannot get to the couple in time before they drive off. Phil magically comes back to life and the two have a final showdown on a cliff (where a very unconvincing mannequin is thrown into the ocean in the process). Mastorakis had a neat film going but he stretched it out much. We have eighty minutes of solid suspense but then he betrays his audience with a laughable climax. Spoilers ahead…

Bonus Materials

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Optional Greek subtitles
  • Original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and LPCM Stereo 2.0 Audio
  • Blowing The Wind – Brand new interview with Director Nico Mastorakis
  • The Sound of The Wind – The complete soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers
  • A collection of trailers for the films of Nico Mastorakis
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Kat Ellinger

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