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Posted by: David, on 07/02/2008, in category "Film & TV"
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Abstract: Coverage of visual entertainment by the invertibrate Joe Scott Wilson and friends.

Image: Crawlspace


d: John Newland, US, 1972

[DVD Wild Eye]

Not the Klaus Kinski movie. In this Crawlspace (a made for TV movie) a young man with strange, girl-like hair, attaches himself to an elderly couple after they loan him a first edition book of verse by William Blake and make him promise to bring it back. This he does but he comes with it, living with the book in the crawlspace of their cellar. The couple eventually coax the young man out for short spells to dine with them and to listen to records. The film takes its time going nowhere, and is peppered with the usual TV flair for ambiguous sideway glances whenever a commercial break is due. The young man is clearly suffering from some psychotic revolution, but no explanation is forthcoming. The local sheriff has a bee in his bonnet about youth and drugs and it isn't long before things turn into a mess at the local grocery store. The two veteran actors a do a great job of holding this psychological non event together. It is a backwards take on Whistle Down The Wind and curious enough to hold the attention till the end. Arthur Kennedy accuses Teresa Wright, who plays his wife, of having menopausal fantasies when their surrogate son goes mental on them. Strange.


Image: The Devil's Daughter


d: Jeannot Szwarc, US, 1973

[DVD Wild Eye]

Wearing its inspiration on a very long sleeve, this TV movie has got more audacity than half a dozen Italian exploitation hacks. It is effectively a carbon copy of Rosemary's Baby and it's difficult to figure why no one from William Castle Productions bothered to come running with a writ the moment it was aired (even given that it's about five years after the fact). The plot is what you would expect and does little to embellish the story of urban black magic and devil kin. The cast is great, especially Shelly Winters. All in all, a little bit of cheer on a rainy Sunday.

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