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Haunts (1976)

PG | | Horror | July 1977 (USA)
May Britt plays a seemingly innocent farm girl convinced that her slovenly uncle (Cameron Mitchell) is the man responsible for the bloody scissor-murders of several local girls.

Director:

Herb Freed
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Cast overview, first billed only:
May Britt ... Ingrid
Cameron Mitchell ... Carl
Aldo Ray ... Sheriff
William Gray Espy William Gray Espy ... Frankie
Ben Hammer ... Vicar
E.J. André ... Doc
Kendall Jackson Kendall Jackson ... Loretta
Susan Nohr Susan Nohr ... Nel
Robert Hippard Robert Hippard ... Bill Spry
Don Dolan Don Dolan ... Hellman
Lette Rehnolds Lette Rehnolds ... Margaret
Jim McKeny ... Bartender
Warren Peters Warren Peters ... Howard Porter
Judy Franks Judy Franks ... Mrs. Peterson
Bob Avery Bob Avery ... TV Interviewer
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May Britt plays a seemingly innocent farm girl convinced that her slovenly uncle (Cameron Mitchell) is the man responsible for the bloody scissor-murders of several local girls.

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A psycho-sexual thriller of a woman possessed. See more »

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Horror

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When the Sheriff confronts Frankie and Loretta who are in bed, there is a poster of Brigitte Bardot on the wall. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Savage Weekend (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Father, I Long
Written by Art Podell and Herb Freed
Sung by Paul Potash
© 1975 Far-Gone Nigen Publishing
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Low-key rural Repulsion
3 June 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

Haunts is perplexing and flawed, but still offbeat enough to maintain interest. Swedish May Britt gives a very good performance as a repressed, tormented, fanatically religious farm girl in a town plagued by a brutal sex murderer. Despite the potentially lurid subject matter, it's all handled with a very subtle approach (even in the uncut R-rated version). Well-cast (though Aldo Ray deserved better and Cameron Mitchell doesn't have much to do) and graced with a lush Pino Donaggio score and beautiful but unpolished photography, it has some standout moments; one unforgettable scene has Britt driving, with the scenic reflections in the windshield melding into a montage of flashbacks. What hurts it are too many routine passages, klutzy red herrings, a lack of momentum, and extraneous material. Sometimes it becomes quite frustrating, but patience is ultimately rewarded by a very original twist at the end. Most certainly not for everybody, but worth seeing if you're an art fan looking for a change of pace.

Trivia note: Copyrighted 1975, Haunts was shelved until 1976 when Intercontinental released it to theaters of confused moviegoers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Veil See more »

Filming Locations:

Mendocino, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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