|Original Theatrical Poster|
Disturbing, but flatly directed psychological horror story. The script (by Thomas Tryon, who adapted his own novel) is tight , and the performances fine; but director Robert Mulligan fails to maximize the impact of a terrifically creepy plot. In the hands of a more stylish director, this could have been a masterpiece. For some reason, it has become a cult favorite and a critics' darling.
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2016.