A Taste of Evil (1971)

Susan Wilcox (Barbara Parkins) was attacked by a man at the age of thirteen, and was so traumatized by the experience that she stopped speaking. She was sent to a psychiatric facility as a result. Seven years later, Susan has returned to her old home, where her mother Miriam (Barbara Stanwyck) still lives along with Susan’s step-father, Harold (William Windom).  Susan hopes she’ll continue recovering … Continue reading A Taste of Evil (1971)

The House That Would Not Die (1970)

Ruth Bennett (Barbara Stanwyck) and her niece Sara (Kitty Winn) are moving into an old house recently inherited by Ruth. Ruth has decided to take a break from her job in Washington, D. C. to decide whether she wants to move into the house permanently, leaving the city behind. Sara will be attending classes at the local university. Both women are excited about the house … Continue reading The House That Would Not Die (1970)

All the Kind Strangers (1974)

Jimmy Wheeler (Stacey Keach) is a photojournalist passing through the rural South on assignment. While on the road, he sees a young boy named Gilbert (Tim Parkison) carrying a large bag of groceries down a dirt road and offers to drive the kid home. “Home” turns out to be a desolate farm house, deep in the woods, only accessible by driving down a dirt road … Continue reading All the Kind Strangers (1974)

Period film: Bonnie and Clyde (TV, 2013)

The tale of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow has been told many times, most recently in a two-part 2013 TV movie. Both parts of the film open with a flashy title sequence that makes nice use of historic images. Gunfire foreshadows the couple’s grim end at the opening of Part I. My attention was immediately grabbed. But my attention didn’t always remain held, despite this … Continue reading Period film: Bonnie and Clyde (TV, 2013)