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Home for the Holidays (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  28 November 1972 (USA)
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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 there 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 one day 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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Because of its tight shooting schedule and low budget the film couldn't afford to have snow created for the exterior scenes. Instead it was opted to have rain outside through out the film for a more moody atmosphere. A fire hose had to be used to create the rain for the outdoor scenes, which is why in some shots the sky is obviously clear even though it suppose to be raining. 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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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Four estranged daughters are summoned home by their ailing father who insists that his new wife is trying to murder him.
21 September 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

Definitely not your run-of-the-mill family/Christmas reunion tale, this surprisingly suspenseful made for TV horror flick explores the darker side of the holiday season. The all-star cast(Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Julie Harris, Jessica Walter, Jill Haworth, Walter Brennan) is wonderful, the direction(by John Moxey) is rock solid, and the script(by Joseph Stefano, of PSYCHO fame) is a good, effectively creepy little story.


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