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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ronald Wilby
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Mrs. Wood
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Sgt. Lynch
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Mr. Wood
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Elaine Wilby
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Mr. Roscoe
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Mrs. Schumacher
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Babs Wood
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Althea Wood
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Ellen Wood
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Duane Matthews
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Sergeant Carter
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Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman ...
Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill ...
Wanda (as Karen Purcil)

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A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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The Wood family doesn't know it. But the old house they've just bought is already occupied... by a psychopathic killer. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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23 October 1974 (USA)  »

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When Ronald's mother is in the pantry waking him up, she has a tray at her feet. Ronald opens the door and hands the empty tray to her. At the end of the scene, the breakfast tray is gone, however, since the scene is shot in closeup's, she may have handed him the tray and he brought it into his room. See more »

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Ronald Wilby: Your parents won't be home until Sunday.
Babs Wood: [creeped out] How do you know that?
Ronald Wilby: I'm Prince Norbert, ruler of Atranta! I know everything.
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13 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was eleven or younger when I watched his film. I had sat up late watching t.v. with my father (sometimes we would do that until it went off the air--remember those days?). He fell asleep and I ended up watching Bad Ronald, the last thing on that night, all alone.

All I know is, I couldn't stop watching until the end, and I have never forgotten this movie. It scared me so much that I was afraid to get up and turn the t.v. off when it was over, and I still have a surprisingly clear recall of the film more than twenty years later. Surely this says something about the power of the idea, if nothing else.

Ronald's fantasy world was a big stand-out to me, as was the horror of his position, unexpectedly deserted by the only person who loved him.


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