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A small New England fishing village is besieged by a series of gruesome murders; these unfortunate events end up having some mysterious connection to an adopted teen who is searching desperately for his natu
This effectively staged shocker was the directorial debut of veteran character actor Darren McGavin who gained some familiarity with the genre having starred in the brilliant horror teleseries KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, which he occasionally directed episodes of. McGavin's film is definitely not your typical slasher flick. This chilling little number concentrates more on plot and character instead of piling on old-fashioned buckets of blood and is all the better for it. Walter Lassally's striking photography of the Nova Scotia locations is another one of the film's chief assets. But what separates the film most of all from others of its day is the superb all-star cast. Ron Howard(THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, HAPPY DAYS) plays the desperate teen searching for his parents, Cloris Leachman(THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW) plays his estranged mother, and the great Patricia Neal(HUD, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES) plays his eccentric aunt. Also featured in the star-studded cast is director McGavin's former KOLCHAK co-star Simon Oakland as a nosy sheriff, and Bobby Darin(CAPTAIN NEWMAN M.D.) as Leachman's live-in lover. Everyone is excellent, but the most memorable performance is given by Neal's daughter, Tessa Dahl, who plays her daughter in the film as well. Those who wish to seek out this sadly overlooked gem should note that it's available on video under a completely different title: RUN, STRANGER, RUN. It's a little hard to find these days, but should you be fortunate enough to come across it, don't miss it!
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