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A Reflection of Fear (1972)

A disturbed young girl starts believing that there is something very sinister at work after her estranged father visits her at her mother and grandmother's house with the woman he plans to marry.

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Inspector McKenna (as Mitch Ryan)
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Hector (as Gordon Devol)
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Aaron (as Leonard John Crofoot)
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Liam Dunn ...
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A young disturbed girl lives with her mother and grandmother. One day her estranged father returns home with a female companion he introduces as his fiancee. Soon the girl finds herself in the midst of strange goings-on, which evolve into a web of murder. Throughout all this, her father starts acting less and less fatherly which leads his horrified fiancee to believe that he wants to sleep with his own daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A cry in the night... A gasp in the dark...


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11 May 1973 (Finland)  »

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Autumn Child  »

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Filmed in early 1971. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Fear is the key
6 July 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Underrated horror-thriller with an interesting cast, led capably by a young Sondra Locke as a reclusive girl, who yearns for the affections of her absent father (Shaw), as she struggles mentally with inner demons and a strained relationship with her mother (Ure) who she blames for her father's estrangement. When Shaw visits with new girlfriend in tow (Kellerman), Locke sets out to impress him with her superior intellect and creativity, but love her as he does, he's unwilling to 'rescue' her from her unhappy existence with her mother. As he prepares to leave again, he's confronted with a series of unexplained events including fatal accidents, murder and twisted sanity.

It's the stuff of nightmares; the haunting score, lighting, and especially Locke's performance contribute to a chilling, suspenseful tale that is at times, graphically violent and gruesome. Shaw delivers another watchable performance as the increasingly concerned father, while Kellerman (aside from being breathtakingly attractive) is equally effective as an innocent bystander and unwilling witness to the unfolding madness.

A first rate cast, professional production values and intelligent dialogue all deliver, but somehow, this minor thriller seems to go perpetually unnoticed. The plot might not be rock solid, and there's undoubtedly some narrative weaknesses, but invest a little time and latitude, and you should be repaid handsomely. Great fright night fare.


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