On the eve of the theatrical release of his film Septien, filmmaker Michael Tully presents a film that influenced him.
"Bad Ronald isn't a 'horror' film, per se. Unless you're a 5-year-old watching television in the mid-1970s, that is. That's how I first encountered it, and I'm still haunted by the experience. Buzz Kulik's ABC Movie of the Week tells the bizarre tale of high school outcast Ronald Wilby (Scott Jacoby, not just looking but sounding like Matthew Modine), who accidentally kills a girl. His overprotective mother proceeds to build a secret room in their house in order to hide him from the world. That setup works just fine, until Mom dies unexpectedly and a new family moves in ... Though they are very different, one of our primary goals in making Septien was to capture that same '5-year-old-discovering-a-movie-that-he-probably-shouldn't-be-watching' spirit that I felt when I stumbled upon this strangely alluring gem." —Michael Tully
Director: Buzz Kulik. 74 min. 1974. 16mm.
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