The abandoned home of Wilfred Butler, a wealthy but troubled man who committed suicide, has been willed to his grandson, Jeffrey. But an Axe wielding maniac has set up residence in the house - and he doesn't take kindly to strangers.
Wilford Butler returns home on Christmas Eve and his house had been turned into a mental institution for the criminally insane. But the day of his return, he is set on fire and dies. The towns people believe his death was an accident, and the institution-house is later closed down. Wilford leaves the house to his grandson Jeffrey. A few years later, Jeffrey finally decides to sell this grandfather's house, but the towns people including the Mayor have mixed feelings on keeping people away from the house, especially when a serial killer escapes from another institution and finds refuge there. The killer makes frightening phone calls and kills anyone coming near the house. But what does the killer have in common with what happened to Wilford Butler years before?Written by
Filmed in 1970 but not released until 1972. See more »
Main character Jeffrey Butler is riding with John Carradine, who plays Towman. Butler and Carradine have decided to go out to the Butler house to see what is going on. Instead, Towman pulls into the drive of another house, and Jeffrey Butler says, "Towman this isn't my house, it's Tess'. Tess is another of the townspeople, and it is her house, but Jeffrey would not have known that because he has never been to the town before. See more »
With a relatively intriguing plot and a set design that is quite good, this starts off as quite satisfying viewing, but as it progresses, the story becomes less original and interesting, and from there, the film starts to turn sour, as all it has to fall back on is quite poor production values. The camera-work is often jerky and clumsy, the post-production sound recording is not very good, and the voice-over used adds little to the tale. It does have some good points though, such as a few well composed shots, and appropriate colour choices for lighting. However, with so-so acting too, and not really a great plot behind it, the negatives of this film unfortunately outweigh the good aspects.
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