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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Cast overview:
Frederica Morgan
Joanna Morgan
Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Alex Morgan
Benjamin Morgan
John Fink ...
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!





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28 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Desires  »

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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 »


When Dr. Lindsay drives up it is raining but it is not cloudy. See more »


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Fun, low-budget thriller
14 August 2002 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

This is a neat little thriller by the prolific producing team of Spelling-Goldberg. It's written by the screenwriter of "Psycho"! When Christmas comes and a glut of weepy or cheerful specials are filling the airwaves, sometimes a dose of morbid, downbeat drama can be a nice change! Ever-cranky Brennan plays a father who is dying (and suspects his second wife, Harris, of doing him in.) He sends for his four daughters (Parker, Walter, Haworth, Field) to come to his aid. At 50, 32, 26 and 26, these ladies are the least likely sisters one could imagine! In fact, Parker had played Field's mother only two years prior. The ladies don't even look like they could be related. It matters little, though, once the drama sets in and the acting begins. Brennan apparently would have preferred sons as each lady has a male nickname: Alex, Freddie, Jo and Chris. Parker, still lovely when lit correctly, does a great job in her role. Harris matches her and gives a good performance in a difficult part. Walter is a touch over the top, but is fine and Field is charming...though eventually she gets to scream her head off. The film is very simple, made during a time when TV movies didn't feel the need to pad out to fill two hours if the material didn't warrant it. The movie, sans commercials, runs 78 minutes. The result is a pretty tight little story that builds to some genuine suspense. The climactic thunderstorm goes a long way in providing the right atmosphere.

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