Saturday, March 17, 2012

Recently Seen 70s Fright Movies

YouTube has been getting a workout lately while I discover some "new to me" made for TV (mostly) films from the 70s.

  • She Waits (1972), starring Patty Duke, David McCallum and Dorothy McGuire:  A murdered woman seeks revenge, possesses her husband's new wife.  Nice atmosphere and good job by Patty Duke playing the innocent new wife.
  • Reflections of Murder (1974), starring Tuesday Weld, Joan Hackett and Sam Waterston: The wife and mistress of the abusive headmaster of a boy's school plot and carry out his murder.  Takes place in and around Seattle.  Good plot twists that keep you guessing.
  • Scream of the Wolf (1974), starring Peter Graves, Clint Walker and Jo Ann Pflug:  A big-game hunter comes out of retirement to help track down a killer wolf, and begins to suspect that it isn't a wolf but an animal that can take human form.  One of Dan Curtis' made for TV movies.  Couldn't quite hold my attention.
  • Haunts of the Very Rich (1972), starring Lloyd Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Edward Asner, Donna Mills and several more famous actors: A group of rich people are lured to a secret new resort.  It seems like paradise at first but then things start to go wrong. Kind of a mash up of Fantasy Island and Twilight Zone.
  • The Uncanny (1977) [not made for TV], starring Peter Cushing, Samantha Eggar and Ray Milland: Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror. The first story of the old lady, her many cats, her devious maid and nephew was my favorite.  After that, they kind of went downhill.
  • The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972), starring Peter Haskell, Joan Bennett and Barbara Rush: When his father dies, Charles inherits the Sand family legacy, the ability to see visions beyond the grave. He helps a girl investigate her brother's alleged murder. Very slow to start but had a fast paced last third.

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