I Feared Not
—Epitaph of Lewis Moffett
A 1962 "Horror"/"Suspense" movie, about the dangers of college fraternity hazing rituals
, which is pretty much notable only for its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000
(along with an episode of the Film Serial The Phantom Creeps
Lewis Moffett is a 42-year-old — er, fresh-faced young medical student who wows his college classmates with his amazing fearlessness
. He watches an autopsy unflinchingly even as the others are fainting and getting sick, and he effortlessly kills a garter snake which threatens his nookie time
with the girlfriend. But Lewis is harboring a Dark Secret: his bravery is a complete fraud
. See, when Lewis was a little boy, he was forced to sleep in the same house with his just-deceased grandfather's casket, and as a result developed a secret fear of the dark and/or dead bodies.
Coincidentally enough, the leaders of the fraternity Lewis wants to join have decided to base Lewis' Initiation Ceremony
around his supposed bravado: Late at night, Lewis must sneak into the masoleum where the body from the autopsy has been interned, and return with the corpse's ring. Unfortunately for Lewis, a screeching cat
and a dead hand hanging up on his coat prove too much for him, and the middle-aged guy with the weak ticker — I mean, the fit young man
promptly dies of a heart attack.
There's also some sort of subplot about a couple of overweight college lovers; this quickly devolves into an Overly Long Gag
and eventually degenerates into Dude, Not Funny!
, and really isn't worth going into here.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode see here
This film uses the following tropes: