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Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)

A group of wealthy but secretly very troubled people travel to an island resort but find themselves wondering about their existences after a while.

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Dave Woodrough
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Ellen Blunt
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Al Hunsicker
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Annette Larrier
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Lyle Dugan
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Laurie Dugan
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Rev. John Fellows
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Seacrist
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A group of people, all of whom, we can only assume, are very rich, are on a plane flying to an island resort. When they land, they are greeted by a mysterious black man (Seacrist), and the plot thickens. Ellen Blunt gets a makeover from a mysterious black woman (all the mysterious characters in this film are either black or "native") in a scene laden with homo-erotic undertones, and Dave Woodrough falls in love with her. We come to find out that John Fellows is a minister tormented by his own conflicted spirituality; Annette Larrier is an unhappy housewife strung out on prescription uppers and downers; and Al Hunsicker has a very, very hairy back. We also come to find out that just before setting off on their journey, each of the "guests" had narrowly escaped death -- or had they? Written by Drea Thew <faye@plainfield.bypass.com>

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The scenes at the island resort were filmed at Vizcaya, an Italianate villa on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. The estate, built in 1916, was originally the winter home of International Harvester vice president James Deering. The house and grounds are now a museum open to tourists. See more »

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Another Creep-Filled "Royale With Cheese"
13 January 2006 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

Ahh, yes! Another fabulous slice of Aaron Spelling-produced fromage, wrapped in the best smoked hams of the day! Spelling ruled the roost in prime time back in the mid-to-late Sixties, and all through the Seventies and beyond; cranking these puppies out with loving care and unearthing budding talent, as he provided work to some of the most revered (if not creakiest) vets of stage and screen. (His other classics, like CROWHAVEN FARM, THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE, LOVE HATE LOVE, THE OLD MAN WHO CRIED "WOLF!" and THE LOVE WAR are all absolute must-sees for lovers of Sixties/Seventies TV kitsch.)

This particular outing looks like an early dress rehearsal for FANTASY ISLAND, as a bunch of rich swells gathers at a beautiful and secluded resort, (and is there any other kind?). As they explore their surroundings, discovering more and more about each other and their mysterious hosts, it all leads to the now-inescapable "shattering" conclusion.

If you've already seen THE SIXTH SENSE or THE VILLAGE, the 'secret' won't surprise you one little bit. Even when HAUNTS was first aired, it wasn't THAT much of a shocker (Hello? Had anybody NOT heard of Rod Serling back then???)

But it's not about how good or bad the movie is, (and it ain't great.) It just about kicking back and letting all the nostalgic, Velveeta goodness wash over you...and not telling your friends you did afterward!


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