Home For The Holidays

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    HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1972)
    Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. Stars Sally Field, Julie Harris, Eleanor Parker, Jill Haworth, Jessica Walter, Walter Brennan. For a healthy dose of holiday cheer and goodwill, watch something else. This Christmas-set made-for-TV horror movie is as cynical and downbeat as they come. Aged patriarch Benjamin Morgan (Brennan) summons his four estranged daughters to his dying bedside on Christmas Eve: grad student Christine (Field), neurotic Frederica (Walter), party girl Joanna (Haworth) and Alex (Parker), the oldest. None has set foot in the Morgan house since their mother's suicide nine years earlier, a death the daughters blamed on Morgan's affair with the woman he's now married to, Elizabeth (Harris), who was accused of murdering her first husband. Now Morgan believes his wife is trying to poison him to death and wants his daughters' help. As the torrential rain falls, the phones go out, the roads wash over and the electricity flutters, the bodies start to tumble... Who is killing the Morgan clan and why?
    At a mere 72 minutes, perfect for a 90-minute ABC timeslot, HOME manages to work up quite a bit of bitterness and terror, thanks to a cast of veteran scenery-chewers and Field, who hadn't quite outgrown THE FLYING NUN, but proves herself a game screamer and a cutie of a heroine. None of the actors are exactly cast against type, but the tight direction by Moxey (THE NIGHT STALKER) and teleplay by Joseph Stefano (PSYCHO) are enough to bite down on, making this a decent enough chiller, if not among the finest on 1970's TV. It's surprising and more than a little disappointing to note how much tamer television has become over the last thirty years. Sure, networks can say dirtier words and show the side of a breast now and again, but terror like this is a thing of the past. Also with John Fink, who had been a regular on the NANCY sitcom and later became a mainstay in Joel Schumacher movies, and Med Flory as, what else, a cop. Music by George Tipton. Filmed on the 20th Century Fox ranch. Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg were executive producers.
     
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