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nThe film's working title was Buff and it was released in Great Britain under the title Blind Terror. Throughout most of See No Evil, the killer is shown only from the neck down, identified by his starred cowboy boots. His face, and therefore his true identity, is not revealed to the audience until the scene during which he attempts to drown Sarah in the bathtub. During the opening credits, he is shown walking through town, where violence and murder feature prominently in the media and commerce. Some reviews noted that this lurid atmosphere provided a motive to the killer's psychosis, while others indicated that class conflict was the cause.
As noted onscreen, the film was shot on location in Berkshire, England. See No Evil was originally scored by star Mia Farrow's then-husband, composer Andr Previn, but as noted in a September 1971 Los Angeles Times article, the filmmakers replaced his music with a score by Elmer Bernstein. Filmfacts related that Previn, who had been hired at Farrow's behest and used the London Symphony Orchestra to play the music, later declared to reporters that he had always disliked the movie. The dispute was widely publicized in the British press.
In a May 1973 Daily Variety article, American producer Martin Ransohoff stated that the film had cost $1.1 million and made less than $1 million in the United States. He blamed this on the fact that Farrow starred in a television movie, Goodbye, Raggedy Ann, at the same time that the film opened.