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Are You in the House Alone? (1978)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  20 September 1978 (USA)
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Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number.

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Gail Osborne
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Anne Osborne
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Neil Osborne
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Allison Bremer
Tricia O'Neil ...
Jessica Hirsch
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Phil Lawver
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Chris Elden
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Steve Pastorinis
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Rouillard
Randy Stumpf ...
E.K. Miller
Magda Harout ...
Malevich
Sandra Sharp ...
Pamela
Michael Bond ...
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Policewoman (as Lois Areno)
Sandra Giles ...
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Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Also Known As:

Luojan tähden älä ole yksin  »

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Doctor: Gail, you're at the hospital. Do you know why you're here?
Gail Osborne: [nods, crying] He raped me.
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Walter Grauman's Are You in the House Alone?!
11 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Doe-eyed high school student Kathleen Beller is found beaten and

raped in the opening scenes of this made for TV movie. The film

then flashbacks to the few days before the rape, as Beller is

harassed by a stranger.

Beller and Scott Colomby and her best friend Robin Mattson and

Dennis Quaid are double dating early on. Beller's anxious parents,

laid back Tony Bill and shrill Blythe Danner, wait at home wringing

hands and so on. Right away, the 1970's makes its dated

entrance, as the young couples discuss the romance and love in

"Three Days of the Condor."

Beller, an amateur photographer, begins getting threatening notes

stuffed in her locker at school. The film makers wisely give us a

whole slew of suspects: Beller's new boyfriend, Mattson's

boyfriend, Beller's dad, Beller's ex-boyfriend, and what about that

overly friendly photography class teacher who wants Beller to be a

little more sexy in her self-portraits? I knew who the rapist was

because the Worldvision Video company video box has a picture of

the attack on the back cover, destroying any suspense in that

regard.

Without giving away who the attacker is, Beller begins getting

harassing phone calls, and is eventually raped. The movie then

heads south as she makes like Nancy Drew and secretly sets up

a time lapse camera to catch the guy stalking another student.

Finally, the film makers tack on a hokey ending narration from

Beller about the lack of understanding for the victims of rape in that

day and age.

The suspense here is very real, without going over the top into

scary movie stuff. Beller is very good, and watch for her and

Mattson's scene in an abandoned theater- both do great jobs. The

film is full of familiar faces, including Ellen Travolta in a small role,

and everyone is professional.

This was made in 1978, and it shows. I am sure no one had any

idea that this would be reviewed in 2001 by an overcritical horror

movie lover who needs to get to bed and be up early in the

morning, but some of the attitudes here are embarassing. The

teacher who tells Beller to be sexy is never made to explain what

exactly he had in mind. Nowadays, if any high school teacher said

that, then THAT would have been a made for TV movie on its own.

After Beller is raped, the rapist is still a part of her life, as warrants

are issued, blah, blah, blah. There may not be a case because

Beller is not a virgin, and cannot prove she was raped by whom

she said. Many of these problems have been addressed with

modern technology and policing efforts, but this film obviously

knew it would have a chance to add to the reform debate. Rape is

an act of violence that has not gone away, but efforts today to catch

the attackers are miles ahead of twenty four years ago. The

problem is the anti-rape angle feels tacked on, like an

afterthought. Before that, we have a tight little suspenser that has

real honest to God characterization. After the rape, everything

changes, filmwise, and not for the better.

I remember Beller from the '70's and '80's (and who could forget

her revealing role in "The Betsy"), but she has not done anything in

almost ten years. This is a shame, since she was very good way

back then.

I will recommend "Are You in the House Alone?!" based on the

acting alone, with a reluctant nod to at least the first two-thirds of

the film. If you want to relive 1970's made for TV high school life,

this is your cup of Tab.

This is unrated but contains physical violence, some sexual

violence, and some adult situations.


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