A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.



(teleplay), (based on a short story by) (as McKnight Malmar)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Taste of Evil (TV Movie 1971)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins, Roddy McDowall
Home for the Holidays (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Jill Haworth
Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Ted Bessell, Bette Davis, Sian Barbara Allen
The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV Movie 1975)
Drama | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A tale of witchcraft, black magic and a haunted house in the Amish country.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Egan, Michael Anderson Jr.
Night Drive (TV Movie 1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him a murder a highway patrol officer.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Stars: Valerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor
Crowhaven Farm (TV Movie 1970)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.'

Director: Walter Grauman
Stars: Hope Lange, Paul Burke, Lloyd Bochner
Night of Terror (TV Movie 1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Martin Balsam, Catherine Burns, Chuck Connors
A Case of Rape (TV Movie 1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse, was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system, when she reported it, ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Sagal
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, William Daniels, Cliff Potts
The Screaming Woman (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens
Midnight Offerings (TV Movie 1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Vivian has magic powers. She doesn't hesitate to save her boyfriend David from failing in school by murdering teachers. However, David has gotten tired of her and is putting his charm on a ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Holcomb
Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Mary Beth McDonough, Patrick Cassidy
Dark Victory (TV Movie 1976)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A TV producer with a terminal illness is given the strength to keep going by her love for her doctor.

Director: Robert Butler
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Anthony Hopkins, Michele Lee


Credited cast:
Kate Wainwright
Mrs. Hawkes
Edith Jordan
Ben Chapel
Susan Chappel
Highway Patrolman
1st Patrolman
George Jue ...
George, the butler
Joe Furlong ...
2nd Patrolman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Keller ...
Station Attendant


A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

house | storm | trapped | maniac | victim | See All (11) »


The phone is not the only thing that's dead in Susan's house!





Release Date:

14 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Out of Contention  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film is set during a terrible rainstorm, but during the filming production "suffered" from near-perfect weather conditions, so 100,000 gallons of water had to be streamed through rain towers to achieve the desired effect. Ironically, a week after filming was completed, torrential rains flooded the area. See more »


Version of Thriller: The Storm (1962) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Victim (aka Out Of Contention)
23 May 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw The Victim (aka Out Of Contention) well over 25 years ago when I was very young. Being a passionate fan of Bewitched since I was a child, I loved to watch anything that starred Elizabeth Montgomery. This movie was (and still is) a real treat - whether you are a fan of Miss Montgomery's work or not. Elizabeth always shines in her roles, such as her portrayal as the rape victim in A Case Of Rape and as the suspected murderess in The Legend Of Lizzie Borden. Her performance in The Victim as Kate, a terrified woman trapped in an isolated house during a storm, with a killer after her is brilliant. If you like exciting suspenseful thrillers than this is one movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. Another great performance well worth mentioning is that of Eileen Heckhart who plays the eerie and suspicious housekeeper. Unfortunately like most of Miss Montgomery's movies, The Victim is not available on DVD and I believe that although it was released on VHS some years ago, it is a rarity these days. I was lucky to have taped it when it was aired on television some ten years ago and so have a nice copy of this very good movie. A must see!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I don't understand the ending cookie03414
similar to Black Christmas?? klhicks1-1
Mrs. Hawkes' Parting Words Cultfilmfeverforever
Discuss The Victim (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: