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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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Mrs. Wood
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Sgt. Lynch
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Mr. Wood
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Mr. Roscoe
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Mrs. Schumacher
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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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Trivia

This had a french remake in 1992 & Dimension Films had plans in 2010 to remake this but nothing has come to fruition. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Althea Wood: What do you think of this place?
Duane Matthews: [hesitantly] I guess I never thought I'd be eating here.
Althea Wood: What do you mean?
Duane Matthews: Ronald Wilby lived here.
Ellen Wood: Who's Ronald Wilby?
Duane Matthews: ...He murdered my sister.
[Babs drops her dinner spoon in shock]
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Referenced in Ugly Betty: Bad Amanda (2008) See more »

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like an Anne Frank-Norman Bates mixture
29 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Many fans of 70s tv horror revere this obscure and neat movie from 1974.And with good reason!Ronald is a shy young man with a wild imagination who lives with his twisted mother.After he accidentally kills a neighborhood girl and buries her,his ma surmises Ronald should hide in a plastered-over room until things settle down.Ma dies and Ronald stays put,drilling peepholes into every room.By this point he's quite deranged and when a new family with pretty daughters moves in,look out!Scott Jacoby is great as Ronald and the whole movie is very creepy.I've seen other movies that borrowed elements of BR(hider in the house,christina's house),but none reached the eerie level of this one.


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