The Mad Room 1969 R CC

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A teenage brother and sister are released from the mental institution where they were put after being suspected of their parents' murder. Their older sister takes them into the house which she shares with a wealthy widow. Soon after Winters discovers the truth about the pair, she is found hacked to death.

Starring:
Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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The Mad Room

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Horror
Director Bernard Girard
Starring Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters
Supporting actors Skip Ward, Carol Cole, Severn Darden, Beverly Garland, Michael Burns, Barbara Sammeth, Lloyd Haynes, Jennifer Bishop, Gloria Manon, Lou Kane, Jeffrey Allen, David Barton, Rex Benson, Peter Halton, Barbara Latell, Jean MacRae, Al Nalbandian, Allen Pinson
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By amoviefan on December 9, 2009
Format: Amazon Instant Video
THE MAD ROOM stars sexy Stella Stevens and Shelley Winters in a great horror thriller from the late 60's. Shelley is high camp as the rich widow who employs Stella (in an excellent performance) as her secretary. Trouble is Stella's brother and sister need a place to stay and Shelley doesn't know they've just been released from a mental institution for having killed their parents. Or did they? Or which one? Now there's more killing... Great supporting role from Beverly Garland. This film has never been on VHS and should be released on DVD. Who wants to download it? I want it in my collection!!! Come on Columbia Pictures!!!! With all the junk being released on DVD why overlook some of these lost gems?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on June 17, 2011
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[THE MAD ROOM - (1968) - Directed by Bernard Girard - Widescreen presentation] In this modernized remake of the far superior 1946 film, 'Ladies In Retirement', Stella Stevens portrays a young woman whose two younger siblings were convicted of murdering their parents years ago (though neither child remembers who did the actual killing) and have been kept in a mental institution since. She's currently the employed companion and secretary to Shelley Winters, an impossible-to-appease widow and overbearing mother to the young man Miss Stevens is engaged to. They are all living in a house still under construction, conditions are chaotic, tempers are easily enraged, and the kids, the eldest now turning eighteen, are getting discharged from the asylum. So Stella has little choice but to bring the children to live at her current residence, omitting their past homicidal history, of course. Their understandably fragile mental conditions will be put to new tests as they go straight from one loony bin into another, and that's when things get interesting.

The younger brother and sister still have need of certain disciplines and groundwork from the institution and one of those things is a 'mad room', a place of solitude where they can work through things when challenged, confused, or perplexed. The strains of their current environment dictate that they will have need for this place frequently, but the basement won't do - this was a place of punishment at the nuthouse. The attic is perfect, but for one thing - it's locked and strictly off limits to anyone as per Miss Winters, who keeps her deceased husband's belongings there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on August 26, 2011
Format: DVD
I've finally seen this movie again after years of just having a faint memory of it, so I've now got to decide if it lived up to my memory...well it pretty much does. The story concerns Stella Stevens as Ellen, a young woman who's impending marriage is interrupted by news that her younger brother and sister are being released from an asylum where they were committed after the murder of both their parents. Now considered sane, they are handed over into Ellen's custody, despite her misgivings, and the three of them move into the home of Ellen's fiancée's mother in law, played by Shelley Winters, which in turn gives HER major misgivings. And this being a horror film, it isn't long before there's a new murder...

So what still works is the general sense of unease, mostly generated by great performances by the two younger children, played by Michael Burns and Barbara Sammeth. They portray just the right amount of inscrutability, and keep you guessing as to their actual mental stability! Stella Stevens plays Ellen with lots of wide eyed exasperation which suits the role well, and Shelley Winters does her usual job of playing an alcoholic floozy as the landlady/mother-in-law. The overall tone of the story is well handled, and the climax still works. Gore is low but a couple of bloody scenes still stand out, and the best part is still what happens when a dopey dog sniffs out a dead body - great fun. All in all it's a great compact little thriller with some very good performances...check out the ladies charity party when one of the visitors gets a little too drunk - great cameo here by Beverley Garland - which ends in unexpected tragedy that none of the main characters saw coming!
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By Phylis L Wilson on February 13, 2013
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It is as chilling and still entertaining after 45 years of seeing it at the movies. Very good movie for anyone who likes a little chill.
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