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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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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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Storyline

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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23 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Indespærret  »

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When Babs runs downstairs in Mrs. Schumaker's house, the basement door opens out into the kitchen and the hinges are on the kitchen side. When Ronald shuts that door, the scene shows him pulling it shut from the kitchen side. When Babs knocks the hinge pins out to escape, the hinges are on the basement side. See more »

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[Babs and Ellen notice a peephole in the wall, and when Babs looks into it, she sees Ronald's eye staring back at her. Both girls scream in fright and Ronald simultaneously tumbles out from the wall, rolling down the front stairs]
Ronald Wilby: Mommy!
[Ronald rolls outside and finds himself surrounded by cops waiting to arrest him]
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You won't see this on the Hallmark Channel
30 August 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I've been wanting to see this movie for a long time and I'm glad I finally did. This is a TV movie from the glory days before TV movies were all aimed at bored housewives, before you had a rampaging Delta Burke or somebody like that crusading against the drunk driver who sold drugs to her son, turned out her daughter, and molested her dog. I'd watch Lifetime and the Hallmark channel religiously if there was a remote chance they'd ever show something like this! Ronald is a creepy but at the same time oddly sympathetic teenager played by Scott Jacoby (yes, THE Scott Jacoby!). After he kills a neighbor girl, his doting mother hides him in secret room, but then she tragically dies and a new family with three teenage daughters moves in. The dad is played by a young Dabney Coleman WITH HAIR. The two older daughters were played by the sexy Eilbacher sisters, but the perverted Ronald falls in love with the youngest daughter (Cindy Fisher), who the camera leers at as much as he does (she keeps running up stairs dressed in a short tennis skirt--is this 70's made-for-TV kiddie porn?). When the girls parents go out of town, Bad Ronald makes his presence known and all hell breaks loose. There are no important social messages here, no familial problems are addressed, Delta Burke does not appear--it's just two hours (minus commercial breaks) of enjoyable trash.


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