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Home for the Holidays (1972)

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

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Four sisters reluctantly return home to the country to visit their ailing, embittered father over Christmas. Their father believes that his current wife has tried to poison him but Dr. Lindsay, the local physician, and the sisters disagree. Then a storm causes the roads to be flooded and the telephone lines to not work. Soon it becomes clear that someone wants to kill the family, as well, when one of them is found murdered. One sister then tries to run through the woods to reach Sheriff Nolan for help. But she has her own encounter, as she sees someone chasing her while dressed in a large poncho carrying the pitchfork. She returns home, only to discover more murders. The prime suspect becomes father's wife, but was it someone else? Written by <Blythe379@aol.com>

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There's nothing more chilling... Than a warm family gathering!


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Eleanor Parker who plays the eldest daughter, Alex in the film was actually three years older than Julie Harris who plays her father's wife, Elizabeth. She was also nineteen years older than Jessica Walter who plays Freddie, the second, eldest daughter. And twenty three years older than Jill Haworth, who plays Jo. Sally Field's character, Chris, is suppose to be much younger than the other sisters. However, she is only fifteen months younger than Jill Haworth and five years younger than Jessica Walter. See more »

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When Christine leaves the house to find Sheriff Nolan it is nighttime, but when she gets to the woods to get away from the killer it is daytime. See more »

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bloodless but enjoyable
23 March 2011 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

This is made just before the slashers came out and it is a perfect example towards the slashers. Don't get me wrong, it's more an whodunit than a slasher but the first points to make it a slasher are visible. There are a few first person shots involved and we have a hero. They even try to mislead you by showing the killer's clothes a view times. On the point of gore or even blood well, there isn't any. It's somewhere between the Italian Giallo's and the, here we go again, slashers. But the acting is sublime and that's the reason why you keep watching. Up to this review it's only available on rental VHS in the US. And it doesn't go that cheap on the internet. Still for myself being a horror geek I enjoyed it. Even that it's low on the red stuff, but admit it, Texas Chainsaw and Halloween didn't had any blood too. If you are collection horror than this surely must be added in your collection.


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