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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Andrew Peter Marin (teleplay by), John Holbrook Vance (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Jacoby ... Ronald Wilby
Pippa Scott ... Mrs. Wood
John Larch ... Sgt. Lynch
Dabney Coleman ... Mr. Wood
Kim Hunter ... Elaine Wilby
John Fiedler ... Mr. Roscoe
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Schumacher
Cindy Fisher ... Babs Wood
Cindy Eilbacher ... Althea Wood
Lisa Eilbacher ... Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles ... Duane Matthews
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sergeant Carter
Aneta Corsaut ... Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman Angela Hoffman ... Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill Karen Purcill ... Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
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Storyline

A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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The Wood family doesn't know it. But the old house they've just bought is already occupied... by a psychopathic killer. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Ronald See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally aired as a Movie of the Week on the ABC network in 1974. See more »

Goofs

When Ronald's mother is in the pantry waking him up, she has a tray at her feet. Ronald opens the door and hands the empty tray to her. At the end of the scene, the breakfast tray is gone, however, since the scene is shot in closeup's, she may have handed him the tray and he brought it into his room. See more »

Quotes

Althea Wood: What do you think of this place?
Duane Matthews: [hesitantly] I guess I never thought I'd be eating here.
Althea Wood: What do you mean?
Duane Matthews: Ronald Wilby lived here.
Ellen Wood: Who's Ronald Wilby?
Duane Matthews: ...He murdered my sister.
[Babs drops her dinner spoon in shock]
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Referenced in Ugly Betty: Bad Amanda (2008) See more »

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like an Anne Frank-Norman Bates mixture
29 April 2004 | by staytherelassSee all my reviews

Many fans of 70s tv horror revere this obscure and neat movie from 1974.And with good reason!Ronald is a shy young man with a wild imagination who lives with his twisted mother.After he accidentally kills a neighborhood girl and buries her,his ma surmises Ronald should hide in a plastered-over room until things settle down.Ma dies and Ronald stays put,drilling peepholes into every room.By this point he's quite deranged and when a new family with pretty daughters moves in,look out!Scott Jacoby is great as Ronald and the whole movie is very creepy.I've seen other movies that borrowed elements of BR(hider in the house,christina's house),but none reached the eerie level of this one.


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