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A terrified young baby-sitter...an incessantly ringing phone...and whispered threats set the stage for one of the most suspenseful chillers ever filmed. Carol Kane stars as the baby-sitter who is tormented by a series of ominous phone calls until a compulsive cop (Charles Durning) is brought on thescene to apprehend the psychotic killer. Seven years later, however, the nightmare begins again when the madman returns to mercilessly haunt Kane, now a wife and mother. No longer a naive girl, though still terrified, but prepared, she moves boldly to thwart the maniac's attack in scenes that culminate in a nerve-shattering conclusion.
Released a year after John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween, this thriller by longtime actor-turned-director Fred Walton has held a strong following of its own. In an exemplary piece of suspense, the film begins with a babysitter (Carol Kane) fielding threatening phone calls while on the job. She soon finds that a pair of children in her charge have been murdered in their beds; she is nearly killed herself by the homicidal maniac before police arrive. As with Halloween, the action jumps some years ahead, when Kane's character is herself a wife and mother--and the monster escapes from a mental institution to re-create his original carnage in the heroine's own home. Between these exciting bookends, the film loses its way and becomes dissatisfying and obscure. But Walton compensates by engineering a couple of great horror moments worth savoring. Tom Keogh
This is a truly disturbing old horror flick. Amazingly there are fabulous actors and it's so intense.
I love collecting retro movies and I'm happy I added this one.
Very frightening film! If you've seen the remake, you have to see the original! It's terrifying!Published 1 month ago by Beau Justin Oliver
love the story . everybody involved does good job . 80s slasher flick .Published 2 months ago by Craig D.
really enjoyed this years ago but it looks like a newer version....I didn't expect the filthy language or the half naked scene, and I wouldn't recommend for that reason. Read morePublished 5 months ago by bebbie