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A Reflection of Fear (1972)

A disturbed young girl starts believing that there is something very sinister at work after her estranged father visits her at her mother and grandmother's house with the woman he plans to marry.

Director:

William A. Fraker

Writers:

Edward Hume (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Shaw ... Michael
Sally Kellerman ... Anne
Mary Ure ... Katherine
Sondra Locke ... Marguerite
Signe Hasso ... Julia
Mitchell Ryan ... Inspector McKenna (as Mitch Ryan)
Gordon De Vol Gordon De Vol ... Hector (as Gordon Devol)
Gordon Anderson Gordon Anderson ... Aaron (voice)
Victoria Risk Victoria Risk ... Peggy
Leonard Crofoot Leonard Crofoot ... Aaron (as Leonard John Crofoot)
Michael St. Clair Michael St. Clair ... Kevin
Liam Dunn ... Coroner
Michelle Marvin Michelle Marvin ... Nurse
Michele Montau Michele Montau ... Mme. Caraquet
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A young disturbed girl lives with her mother and grandmother. One day her estranged father returns home with a female companion he introduces as his fiancee. Soon the girl finds herself in the midst of strange goings-on, which evolve into a web of murder. Throughout all this, her father starts acting less and less fatherly which leads his horrified fiancee to believe that he wants to sleep with his own daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A cry in the night... A gasp in the dark...


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1973 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Daughter See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This went into production as " Autumn Child ". See more »

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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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Bizarre Casting
16 April 2005 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

A beautiful but strange teenage girl is kept isolated by her mother and grandmother. Her long absent father arrives with a new fiancé in tow, and asks for a divorce. It's not long before all sorts of slightly perverted and typically violent seventies shenanigans kick off!

One of the oddest early seventies psycho-thrillers... as Marguerite, Locke is all bug eyes, long hair and mini-dresses as the disturbed teenager, wafting around, talking to a seemingly imagined friend and enduring alarming mood swings. Hasso and Ure (in her last film) are given rather thankless roles as her sinister guardians (and given the apparently Canadian setting - references to Charlottetown, Georgetown - there's no particular explanation for Marguerite having a Swedish grandmother and an Anglo-American mother... and why is the gardener British?). Robert Shaw was a fine actor (and he was married to Ure at the time), but here seems to sleepwalk throughout the movie, despite the slightly incestuous nature of his character, and Kellerman was a curious and strange choice for the 'straight' role of Anne, especially if you consider her other more wacky roles of this period (M*A*S*H, SLITHER, LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS and BREWSTER McCLOUD).

In keeping with a movie-making trend of the period, much is made of Locke's pubescent sexuality (see also BABY LOVE, TWINKY, Sally Tomsett's character in STRAW DOGS), and even with the apparent editing, the murder of at least one character has a grainy, improvised and rather nasty look to it.

Ultimately it doesn't really work, but it's still a fascinating and spooky failure with a striking cast and captivating central performance, all of which leaves it lingering long after the final credits fade.


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