Scream Factory TV Terrors (The Initiation of Sarah & Are You in the House Alone?)
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A beautiful high school student becomes the target of a campaign of terror and eventually becomes the victim of an attack and mental torture in Are You In The House Alone? . Kathleen Beller (Dynasty), Dennis Quaid (Dreamscape), Blythe Danner (Future World), Tony Bill (Shampoo) and Robin Mattson (Phantom Of The Paradise) star in this iconic and terrifying thriller.
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The fact remains, though, that "Are You in the House Alone?" was undoubtedly not without influence of its own, and should be acknowledged as such. Specifically, I feel that several scenes from the following year's "When a Stranger Calls" (Fred Walton, 1979) were lifted whole from the earlier "Alone." And yet I personally find Grauman's film to be the more enjoyable and suspenseful of the two.
"Are You in the House Alone?", based on a 1976 novel by Richard Peck, concerns a beautiful high school student named Gail (Kathleen Beller of "Dynasty") as the new girl in an undisclosed San Francisco suburb. She makes friends with Alison (Robin Mattson, who appeared on the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara" in the late '80s), and early on in the film it is apparent that Gail has caught the unwanted attention of an obsessed stalker. First, she and Alison are spied on while in a state of undress in their bathing suits at a lake. This soon escalates into Gail receiving an anonymous, late night heavy breathing phone call, followed by a creepy note left in her locker warning "I'm Watching You.Read more ›
Yes, The Initiation of Sarah was inspired by Carrie -- but it also surpasses Carrie. For unlike Carrie, The Initiation of Sarah was a TV-movie, hence subject to budgetary and censorial restraints. But it overcame these restraints, even turning them to its advantage by emphasizing story and acting and atmosphere over shocks and gore. It's my personal favorite horror TV-movie, better than the oft-cited and rightly praised The Night Stalker.
The Initiation of Sarah tells a common tale: A young high school/summer camp/college nerd is long picked on, then finally retaliates. In the horror genre, the nerd often employs supernatural powers, or is severely injured in a "prank gone bad" so that he becomes an uberpsycho.
The Initiation of Sarah, like Carrie and The Craft, follows the former pattern. Like Carrie, Sarah (Kay Lenz) has telekinetic powers, which manifest when she's angered. But as she is unable to control its destructive potential, and being a good-hearted nerdy girl, Sarah suppresses her powers.
The film begins with Sarah and her half-sister, Patty (Morgan Brittany), going off to college. Both pledge the campus's elite sorority, ANS (Alpha Nu Sigma), but ANS only accepts the beautiful Patty, not the mousy Sarah.Read more ›
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I remembered watching these two movies when I was a little girl. they are not scary but are cult classics. love them both. good movies.Published 3 months ago by Lisa Hough
Two suspenseful films excellent television films edge of the audience seats sets perfect tone with it's chilling climax of chatacters. Read morePublished 10 months ago
A DOUBLE BILL OF TONY BILL. Tony is probably more famous for being an award-winning producer (THE STING) than he is an actor. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Good Hearted Woman Without Her Good-Timing Man
I loved it. It plays good and I would buy it again. Thank you. :)Published 17 months ago by Doreen Marie Malone
Two of my favorite TV movies from the 70's. Sound and "video" clear.Published 20 months ago by Sarah Cooke
Are you in the house alone ?, I'd seen before, Which was good. And The initiation of Sarah I hadn't seen , But was equally good. Originally both are TV movies from 1978.Published 22 months ago by Joel A. Henricks
The initiation of Sarah was good. The good, not-so cute girls verses the bad, beautiful ones. Where the one sister is beautiful and one is not. You get the picture. Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by LuAnn Bialka