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Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter. Her own adulterous affair with an old flame, however, causes her to neglect her motherly duties until a spate of local kidnapings forces her to accept the possibility that he may be trying to recreate the twisted mind-control experiments of his discreditied psychologist father. Written by Ross Horsley <ics6rh@leeds.ac.uk>

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When Jenny cheated on her husband, he didn't just leave... He split. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality, language and terror violence | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,370,057 (USA)
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According to Linda Rasmussen at the 'Allmovie' website, the movie plays "...homage to Alfred Hitchcock, along with Orson Welles and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960)". See more »

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[first lines]
Karen: [Karen tries to put the jacket on her boy Sam at the park] Let me put your jacket on.
Sam, Karen's son: No, no, no, no.
Karen: Come on.
Sam, Karen's son: I don't want to.
Carter: [Carter comes strolling up beside Karen] You taking off, Karen?
Karen: Trying to.
Carter: Need a hand?
Karen: Would you mind?
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Morning (from 'Peer Gynt')
by Edvard Grieg
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not as bad as it could be!
30 January 2001 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's bad for the man who made Carrie, but it's not as bad as it might be. A lot of it is tongue-in-cheek (witness the long tracking shot of the pet psychologist explaining split personalities) and it has some terrific bizarre moments, not least the scariest drowning-in-a-car scene in film history. It's a very weird movie and John Lithgow gives a great camp performance in it. I don't know if Brian set out to make a schlocky trash movie but that's what he did, and as such, it's fun. Watch it and see.


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