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Francesa Kinsolving, a very pregnant widow whose husband was rescently killed in action in Vietnam, travels to visit her late husband's mother in a snowy Minnesota town only to get snowed in during a fierce blizard where she's forced to wait it out only to slowly uncover some terrible dark secrets that Mrs. Kinsolving has been hiding, one of them is her psychotic other son, a recent escapee from a lunatic asylum, who is shacked up in the basement of the house. Written by
Filmed at the Congdon Mansion in Duluth, MN. After the murder of mansion owner and prominent heiress Elisabeth Congdon in 1977, a movie theatre in Duluth revived the movie at midnight showings (much to the chagrin of the Congdon family). See more »
The closing credits roll down instead of up. See more »
Capable cast goes through the motions in a predictable, mechanical snowbound thriller, yet another in a long line of genre screamers pitting one 'helpless' woman against a gang of crazies. This time it's Patty Duke's turn to portray the captive: a pregnant widow who goes to visit her mother-in-law for the first time in frigid Minnesota and quickly finds herself unable to flee. Director Lamont Johnson, who ended up having a very spotty resume of good films and duds, handles the story in a workman-like, perfunctory way without a drop of self-effacing humor or even morbid interest. Very piqued, despite the convincing surroundings and Duke's innate likability. *1/2 from ****
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