"Did you ever want to strangle your mother?"
Like Psycho stripped of Old Dark House baroque mannerism, set in sunny suburban California! A better infantalism-based psychological chiller than The Baby! Terry (John Savage) lives with his mommy, Thelma (Ann Sothern), who runs a boarding house, and once back together, their mutually-reinforcing manias turn them one symbiotic, highly-dangerous entity, responsible for the dwindling population of local women. Harrington gets deep into his protagonist's melancholy isolation, and maintains a tone of disquieting quiet that lapses into the dreamlike.
Director: Curtis Harrington. 88 min. 1973. 35mm.
Part of the series Overdue: Curtis Harrington, programmed by Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold.
Print courtesy of American Genre Film Archive.
Tickets: $12, Film Club Member: $8.
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