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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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Cast overview:
Frederica Morgan
Joanna Morgan
Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Alex Morgan
Benjamin Morgan
Doctor Ted Lindsay
Med Flory ...
Sheriff Nolan


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!





Release Date:

28 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Desires  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


The night that Frederica was drowned in the bathtub, the shower curtain was a stripped color. The next day when Frederica's body was discovered, the shower curtain was a solid color. See more »


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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