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The Appointment (1981)

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A family is confronted in their house by an evil force.

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A British haunting/horror film that starts with a bang, but then settles into a slow-moving examination of one day in the life of British family -- a day full of tension and foreboding. Written by Mark Craft <terra@compusmart.ab.ca>

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Why is this director one-and-done with features?
3 October 2009 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

British businessman Ian (Edward Woodward) disappoints his young daughter (Samantha Weysom) by telling her that a sudden meeting will keep him from seeing her big violin recital. She is crushed and there is tension in the family all night, to the point that Ian yells at his daughter. This leads to both Ian and his wife (Jane Merrow) both having bizarre dreams involving some hell hounds and Ian losing control of his car. Naturally, this does not bode well for his upcoming drive to his appointment.

While this won't replace THE WICKER MAN as Woodward's best horror movie, this is a pretty enjoyable horror film with an incredibly sinister undertone. Basically, the daughter is in cahoots with some kind of demonic force that she unleashes to take out whomever (school rivals, her own father) makes her angry. It should be stated up front that the film is incredibly tempered and anyone expecting flat out scares throughout will be disappointed after a rousing opening where a girl is sucked into the woods by a unseen force. Woodward is good as the pushover father who finally decides to show a bit of backbone and the rest of the cast is fine. And while you will probably map out what is going to happen to Woodward long before he does, the film ends with an absolutely spectacular car crash. It's FINAL DESTINATION for old folks! Director Lindsey Vickers only made this one feature length film and that is really a shame because this is great moody stuff.


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