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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.

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Joseph Stefano
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Cast

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

Adult sisters Alex, Freddy, Jo and Chris Morgan have been estranged from their wealthy father Benjamin Morgan for nine years, he who they blame for their mother's suicide. Their relationship 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' words as to what was going on, she 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 ... Written by Huggo

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Desires See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Eleanor Parker who plays the eldest daughter, Alex in the film was actually three years older than Julie Harris who plays her father's wife, Elizabeth. She was also nineteen years older than Jessica Walter who plays Freddie, the second, eldest daughter. And twenty three years older than Jill Haworth, who plays Jo. Sally Field's character, Chris, is suppose to be much younger than the other sisters. However, she is only fifteen months younger than Jill Haworth and five years younger than Jessica Walter. See more »

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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 »

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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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