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Bad Ronald (1974)

Scott Jacoby , Pippa Scott , Buzz Kulik  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, John Larch, Dabney Coleman, John Fielder
  • Directors: Buzz Kulik
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros Classic Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XDR5LE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bad Ronald" on IMDb

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How bad is Ronald? The Wood family finds out when they move into a house with an extra the realtor didn't know about: teenage Ronald, who's been hiding in a secret room ever since he killed a neighbor girl. Ronald was a little weird when he entered the room. Now he's creepy-scary crazy. And he finds the three pretty Wood daughters very, very interesting. A fine cast that includes Scott Jacoby (The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane), Kim Hunter (Planet of the Apes) and Dabney Coleman (Tootsie) maintains a nerve-tightening atmosphere of suspense as Ronald begins terrorizing the unsuspecting family. Bad Ronald. Great horror flick!

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Stay in the lair until I get home..." December 30, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
BAD RONALD has been described as "an obscure made-for-TV-movie." Actually, it was one of the better, if quirkier, productions of the "ABC Movie of the Week" series in 1974. This movie is very memorable to anyone born between the late 1950s and early 1960s, and has acheived something like cult status in that age group.

Stammering, stuttering, geeky Ronald is the neighborhood wuss. He is constantly being picked on. In a bizarre set of circumstances, a neighborhood favorite is accidentally killed while Ronald is fleeing from yet another seven-against-one type streetcorner fight.

In mortal fear, Ronald runs home to his paranoid Mommy, who is convinced that (of course) Ronald will undoubtedly be blamed for the death of the most popular kid in school and will definitely be sent to the electric chair. She decides to hide him, and builds a secret room inside their house for Ronald to stay in when people come to visit.

Not long afterward, Mom goes to the hospital for some routine surgery, with a warning to Ronald not to leave the "lair" until she returns. Mom very inconveniently dies on the table, and Ronald remains hidden in his secret room even after a new family moves into his house.

The new owners have a pretty teenage daughter, and lonely, warped, fantasy-ridden Ronald begins to drill spyholes in the walls of the house so he can peep at her. He then forms a twisted plan to kidnap her and keep her in the lair with him forever, a plan which is spoiled when she discovers the lurking Ronald.

BAD RONALD is an unforgettable chestnut of a movie that is not very available, but is well worth tracking down, especially if you remember it from its showing as the Movie of the Week. Hopefully, with the burgeoning release of old television shows to DVD, BAD RONALD will come out of hiding fairly soon.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SPOOKY '70s TV MOVIE July 20, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
If you can get your hands on a copy of BAD RONALD then do it! It's a good Horor-Cult Classic flick that is way better than any Made For Tv movie has any right to be.

Ronald is anerdy teen who lives with his smothering mother. On the day of his birthday, Ronald crashes the cool kids party nearby and gets thrown out. On the way home a kid is taunting him, Ronald knocks the kid over and they hit their head ona rock/brick and die. Ronald rushes home to tell Mom who decides to hide Ronald in a downstairs bathroom in the house and board it up so he can hide from the cops. While living in the hidden room Ronald's mother croaks and now he's stuck in there...even when a new family buys the house! Ronald grows more and more demented as the days go by and he cant help but peep the young daughters through holes he's made in the walls. One day he decides peeping ain't enough: He's gonna get one of the daughters and bring her back to his "lair!"

Really good creepy freaky flick.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...Parental Discretion Advised September 7, 2009
Format:DVD
Back in the Seventies ABC used to produce terrific telemovies that may not have had the budgets of their theatrical counterparts but whose overall quality rivaled them. Tops would probably be "Brian's Song", "Trilogy of Terror", and Steven Spielberg's "Duel". "Bad Ronald" is not in that elite class but it's very good. Ostensibly a horror movie but one could also view it as a dark comedy. The first third of the movie is probably it's strongest thanks to the work of Kim Hunter as Ronald's clinging mother who could give Carrie's mother a run for the money. Scott Jacoby has his moments as Ronald at times referencing Robert Mitchum in "The Night of the Hunter" in his performance. The film kind of slags off in it's latter moments becoming a more conventional horror movie. Not classic but not bad. I would never have heard of this film if it weren't for my sister who was something of a horror buff and who regaled "Bad Ronald" 30 years ago. It was well worth the wait.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame On You Warner Brothers April 2, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I hate to give "Bad Ronald" one star. It was an above average telemovie from the 70s that had a pretty good gimmick. A teenager wanted for murder is hidden behind the walls in his house by his overprotective mother. After she passes away he remains in his secret room. As he slowly goes insane, a new family moves into the house, unaware someone else is living behind their walls. This certainly could have been a better film. The premise had a lot of potential that was never capitalized on, thanks to the micro-budgets and two week shooting schedule these made for television movies were given. It also has it's logical flaws. Like how could a smart young boy destined for a medical scholarship cause the accidental death of not one, but two different neighbors, and in both cases panic and bury the bodies making it look like murder. Or how he could live for months behind a wall without the new family smelling his body odor from not bathing. But taken for what it is, a 70s telemovie, it has it's appeal, and was worthy of it's cult status.

The problem here is not the movie, but Warner's DVD release. I can not even begin to review this film because it is an edited version. Some other reviewers here have commented on how three minutes are missing. That is not true. Nearly a half hour is missing. Furthermore this is not a DVD quality remaster, but a video tape master meant for the VHS market, and it shows.

Let me start at the beginning. The original "Bad Ronald" would have been 95-100 minutes long, depending on how many promos for upcoming moves were edited on to the end of the film. Back in the 70s network shows ran 50 minutes per hour allowing for 10 minutes of commercials and network ID's ( commercials for other television shows ). This was heavily regulated by the FCC.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite creepy films ever !!
Published 5 days ago by daniel schaefer
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality.
A great old movie, but the picture quality was awful! Sadly, the blurred, dark images and poor reproduction in this film was a real bummer.
Published 9 days ago by Prim Sheep
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Classic Returns !
A CLASSIC made for TV movie from the 70's. This was lost for many years. I once bought a VHS version which someone made from a rare viewing of this film on TNT but the quality was... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jim H.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Pretty Alright
This is a weird one but a good one. I was entertained the whole time. Heard they are going to do a remake. I'm definitely checking it out.
Published 18 days ago by Hector
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
Excited that this is on dvd now. This is a rare horror flick to own. Very creepy story line. Saw as a kid and creeped me out. Happy with purchase! Summer
Published 25 days ago by KVonHolten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all time favorite movie
Published 1 month ago by bklyngina
4.0 out of 5 stars much better quality and enhancement than the VHS FORMAT
The DVD FORMAT is very reasonably priced; much better quality and enhancement than the VHS FORMAT. Great cult film!
Published 1 month ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and disturbing!
This creepy little flick from 1974 has finally been released on DVD as part of the Warner Brothers Archive Collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
A great movie from the 70's . The cast is very good. I recommend this for anyone who is looking for a good movie from the 70's.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Bustillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's made for TV movie
Scott Jacoby gives an outstanding performance as a troubled young boy who doesn't "fit in" in a suspenseful tale of murder/mystery. Great performances from the whole cast!
Published 4 months ago by James D. Faust
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