In a small island off the American coast, the Whateleys live in an old mill where a mysterious bloody being creates an atmosphere of horror. After her parents get killed by lightning, young Susannah is sent to New York by her aunt Agatha, who wants her to avoid the family curse. Years later Susannah, now married, persuades her husband to spend a holiday in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan, Susannah's brutal cousin... Written by
William Devlin's part was entirely dubbed by the uncredited Donald Sutherland. See more »
Throughout the movie the two rear windows of the Thunderbird are alternately up or down. This happens often in the same scene. It is first noticeable as they back off the ferry. As they back up, the passenger side rear window is up and the driver's is down. But as they as turning around upon leaving the ferry, the driver's side rear window is up and the passenger's is down. This becomes very noticeable throughout the film. See more »
This has only gotten 4.6 in the IMDB ratings?!?!?!?
I first saw this when I was about 10. Yikes! Creep city. I can still remember the effect (if not the melodies) of Basil Kirchin's acid jazz music, Gig Young's Thunderbird and martial arts, Carol Lynleys' soft-edged innocence and beauty, the thugs led by oily Oliver Reed, and the mystery of the house itself (what is IN that room?). Years later, I see it as a middle-aged man, and unlike so many other films from my youth that fall flat, this holds up as a brilliant work of fear making, the kind of horror film that keeps enough in the shadows to keep one guessing but reveals enough to make one uncomfortable and on edge. IMHO, a classic.
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