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Home for the Holidays (1972)

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.


Joseph Stefano




Complete credited cast:
Sally Field ... Christine Morgan
Jill Haworth ... Joanna Morgan
Julie Harris ... Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Eleanor Parker ... Alex Morgan
Jessica Walter ... Frederica Morgan
Walter Brennan ... Benjamin Morgan
John Fink ... Dr. Ted Lindsay
Med Flory ... Sheriff Nolan


Adult sisters Alex, Freddy, Jo and Chris Morgan have been estranged from their wealthy father Benjamin Morgan for nine years, whom they blame for their mother's suicide. Their animosity stems from Benjamin having had an affair with Elizabeth Hall - now Mrs. Morgan. Some of the girls could not tolerate not only what happened to their mother because of their father but that Elizabeth has taken her place. Freddy has turned to booze and pills to cope, while Jo has little to no thoughts of family in her partying ways. Chris, the youngest, is the innocent who can only take her sisters' word as to what was going on, being too young at the time to fully comprehend what was happening. Alex, as the oldest who they all turn to in times of need, and then the rest of the girls return to their isolated rural home on their now elderly father's request on Christmas Eve, he who has reinstated them in his will. Largely bedridden, he believes that Elizabeth is slowly trying to poison him to death and he... Written by Huggo

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There's nothing more chilling... Than a warm family gathering!


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The cast boasts Oscar winners Sally Field and Walter Brennan and Oscar nominees Julie Harris and Eleanor Parker. See more »


The aftermath of the major thunder and lightning storm and high winds leaves no trace of downed branches, leaves, or even puddles around the country house. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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bloodless but enjoyable
23 March 2011 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

This is made just before the slashers came out and it is a perfect example towards the slashers. Don't get me wrong, it's more an whodunit than a slasher but the first points to make it a slasher are visible. There are a few first person shots involved and we have a hero. They even try to mislead you by showing the killer's clothes a view times. On the point of gore or even blood well, there isn't any. It's somewhere between the Italian Giallo's and the, here we go again, slashers. But the acting is sublime and that's the reason why you keep watching. Up to this review it's only available on rental VHS in the US. And it doesn't go that cheap on the internet. Still for myself being a horror geek I enjoyed it. Even that it's low on the red stuff, but admit it, Texas Chainsaw and Halloween didn't had any blood too. If you are collection horror than this surely must be added in your collection.

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28 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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