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All the Kind Strangers (1974)

TV Movie  |   |  Thriller  |  12 November 1974 (USA)
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A couple traveling through a backwoods area are held by a a group of orphans who want them to become their parents. Unfortunately, the kids have a habit of killing adults who refuse that particular honor.

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A couple traveling through a backwoods area are held by a a group of orphans who want them to become their parents. Unfortunately, the kids have a habit of killing adults who refuse that particular honor.

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There's Nothing More Dangerous Than a Kind Face.

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A charming but somewhat mediocre TV movie
15 April 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

I feel a little bit bad about not liking this one more. In many respects it's a decent enough flick but in the final analysis it just doesn't make the most of its reasonable enough premise. The story is about backwoods children who lure unsuspecting adults to their house in the deep woods where they imprison them and force them to be their parents. Those who do not shape up are killed.

As I say, it's an okay idea. The trouble is that the potential for suspense isn't ever really taken advantage of enough and the material never goes anywhere overly interesting. The acting was decent enough with some decent players like Samantha 'The Brood' Eggar and a young Jon 'Salvador' Savage. I do have a fondness for 70's TV movies though and I did see this one when I was very young on UK daytime television sometime around 1980. I couldn't actually remember it though so it was interesting to see it again all these years later. I might be in the minority possibly but I also liked the title song. It was a very early 70's idea to include these types of breezy folk-pop songs in movies and it does add a certain charm to this one.


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