Wilford Butler returns home on Christmas Eve and his house had been turned into a mental institution for the criminally insane. But the day of his return, he is set on fire and dies. The towns people believe his death was an accident, and the institution-house is later closed down. Wilford leaves the house to his grandson Jeffrey. A few years later, Jeffrey finally decides to sell this grandfather's house, but the towns people including the Mayor have mixed feelings on keeping people away from the house, especially when a serial killer escapes from another institution and finds refuge there. The killer makes frightening phone calls and kills anyone coming near the house. But what does the killer have in common with what happened to Wilford Butler years before? Written by
After leaving the drive-in circuit in the early 70's the film fell into public domain. It remained obscure until the mid 80's when it appeared on Elvira's Movie Macabre where it began developing a cult following that grew with its eventual release on home video. See more »
This movie had to have had a very miniscule budget, because it looks very poor. Everything in this one looks very shoddy, it doesn't help that the company that put this one on dvd looks like they got a copy of this movie on vhs back when tapes first came out and just transferred it to dvd without making any improvements, or cleaning it up. The story could have been interesting, but it really falls apart in the end with a very long flashback scene that is very poorly done. The end also is kind of confusing as I was wondering about this and that. You will know who committed the murders, but you won't know a couple of the other details. On the plus side this one moves very fast and is relatively short. John Carradine is in this one, in a rather small role. For some reason he doesn't talk and only rings a bell or writes on a pad to tell people stuff. This is a waste as Carradine has a very distinguished voice. The Christmas decorations here and there don't look very good either, as they look like they were just draped here and there without much thought as to where they would go. All in all, I won't say stay away from this one, just don't expect too much.
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