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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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Indespærret  »

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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 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 »

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 The Big Box: Silent Night, Deadly Night (2009) See more »

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Another decent 70's made for TV film.
20 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Another one of the made for TV films that appeared on the ABC Movies of the Week. Perhaps by today's standards it does not have the impact that it did when it came out in 74. However for a made for TV movie the story is intriguing and a level of suspense exists which keeps the viewer interested in finding out what will happen next. Most of the 70's made for TV films consisted of original unique stories with good acting and were all presented in a 90-minute format. All in all they including this one still seem head and shoulders above the made for TV movies of the 90's.


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