Sight and Sound - 06/01/2006
"[T]here are some sharp shocks in store....[Mulligan] builds an atmosphere of disquiet that thrives upon ambiguity..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This harrowing horror film helmed by legendary director Robert Mulligan provides enough twists and turns to keep you guessing up until its shocking ending! Mysterious accidents befall a family on a farm in depression-era rural Connecticut, resulting in the loss of a beloved father and a cherished twin brother. But when nine-year old Holland begins to see -- and speak to -- his twin, the remaining family members can only wait in terrified anticipation for more tragedies to occur ... as it slowly dawns on them that the accidents may not be accidental after all.
Chilling and eerie, this supernatural tale of good versus evil coils around twin brothers living with their grandmother in a sleepy rural area during the summer of 1935. After his grandmother encourages Niles to develop what seem to be psychic gifts, Niles starts to suspect that his twin may be involved in recent fatal accidents. Surprising twist after twist heightens the sense that a horrifying climax lurks at the edge of the viewer's vision--and the stark finale will have suspense and thriller lovers starting the film again to savor its intricate, disturbingly memorable moments.
Real twin brothers Martin Udvarnoky and Chris Udvarnoky played the roles of twins Niles and Holland.
Composer Jerry Goldsmith's well-known scores include themes for other horror films, including THE OMEN and ALIEN, as well as for the blockbusters AIR FORCE ONE, THE MUMMY, BASIC INSTINCT, and several STAR TREK films.
Movie Lover: james newberg from
blaine, MN US -- April, 26, 2009
I read the book when I was in high school, and saw the film a year or two later when I was in the army. This is one of the more memorable horror films of the seventies. I was utterly delighted to finally find it on DVD at Nina's Oldies. I've been looking for it everywhere. I love Nina's Oldies!