On the Third Day (1983)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Morant ...
Jeremy Bolt
Clarissa Hammond
Paul Williamson ...
Douglas Hammond
Sally Toft ...
Sarah Hammond
Ricky Barnes ...
Brian Grant ...
Eli Carter
John Copping ...
Mark Griffin
Tell Mann ...
Michael Dyer ...
John Monckton ...
Sir Charles Griffin
Jean Penhaligon ...
Lady Griffin
David Shaw ...
Police Sergeant
Max Barrett ...
Mary Scobey ...
Mrs. Seddon
Pat Grant ...


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fairly engrossing overlooked horror/drama with good performances
11 November 2006 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I like to watch rare horror movies partly to contribute missing information about them, but also in the hopes that some of the rare ones are actually unjustly overlooked. This is one that definitely deserves a wider audience, though it is a bit light on the horror and a little more of a drama. Movies with tensions in a house between a strange outsider like Funny Games, or with a mysterious stranger with mysterious motives like Death and the Maiden come to mind.

A headmaster and his wife return home to find one of their doors to have part of a window pane neatly cut. Looking through the house for whatever might be missing, they find a young man sitting in one of their rooms, and the phone isn't working.

The man's behavior is strange, but polite. He says he's arrived from Australia and was friends there with an old friend of the headmaster. He proves to have a lot of personal knowledge about the family, so his story seems to be true. However, he definitely has a dark side, doing over-the-top "practical jokes," producing a gun, engaging in a particularly bloody boxing match. (There are a number of nice touches in the movie, like the acting of the old man handling the timer and bell for the boxing.)

The ending, well, perhaps a bit predictable (avoid reading too much of the box cover, or the synopsis on rotten tomatoes). Still, a pretty good movie overall and one of the rare horror movies to take place around Easter.

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