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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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Storyline

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:

Autumn Child See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Despite playing mother and daughter, Mary Ure is only 11 years older than Sondra Locke, who was almost twice her character's age. See more »

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Haunting Gothic Psychodrama
25 August 2004 | by noir guySee all my reviews

Haunting Gothic psychodrama (adapted by Lewis John Carlino whose THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA covers similarly torrid terrain) which, whilst undeniably owing a shade too much of a debt to PSYCHO (as previously noted by another IMDb commentator), whips up an unsettling and uneasy atmosphere of dread, not all of which is dissipated by apparently heavy censorship cuts made to secure a 'PG' for its original U.S. theatrical release in the early 70s. In fact, these often noticeable edits (scenes cut away before they've barely begun) lends the whole enterprise a greater sense of ambiguity by suggesting, rather than showing, the barely suppressed corruption and perversion. Possibly too low-key for popular tastes (which makes it all the more surprising that this was distributed by a major studio and roped in the likes of Robert Shaw) and, although I don't really go a bundle on films which seem to be bending over backwards to conceal their surprise ending (and, yes, I did see this one coming a mile off), this is still a one-off melodramatic curio worth seeking out and which certainly lingers in the mind. Now, how about a nice DVD transfer (my UK video copy is a nasty full-frame RCA Columbia release from the early 80s which doesn't do justice to what looks like impressive cinematography)?...


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