Remake of 1941's "Ladies in Retirement" has Stella Stevens playing companion to wealthy, loony widow and she soon brings her brother and sister to live with them after they are released from an asylum for brutally murdering their parents years before. Now there appear to be skeletons that Stevens has worked so hard to keep hidden, ready to tumble out of her closet.Written by
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I have to talk with you, Ellen.
Sure. Where's George?
I don't know, but I've got to talk to you.
What is it?
George and I are going to need a Mad Room. We need a place to think; a place to work things out.
Well, you have your rooms.
No.It doesn't work that way. When I get tight inside, I need to go some place. Alone. Well, don't you feel pressure, Ellen?
Of course I do.
Then what do you do?
Well, I try to keep busy, take my mind off of it.
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Creepy but flawed
Loosely adapted from the 1940 play and 1941 film, Ladies in Retirement, The Mad Room is a slow building, sinister thriller that explores themes of insanity and mistrust. Stylistically, it combines traditional, noir-ish cinematography with occasional new wave elements like jumbled, overlapping dialogue and splashes of paint-red blood. Unfortunately, the creepy story is ultimately somewhat undermined by a campy plot device and abrupt ending.
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