The Other (1972)

The Other


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The atmospheric direction of Robert Mulligan and the first-rate writing of Tom Tryon (based on his own novel) place The Other at a notch above the seemingly endless parade of demonic horror films of the 1970s. The story takes place on a small Connecticut farm in 1935 and concerns a luckless family that finds itself further plagued by a violent series of mysterious deaths. It seems that the curious deaths have something to do with Alexandra Udvarnoky's (Diana Muldaur) twin sons -- ten year old … More

Rating: PG (Rated R for acts of violence and terror involving a disturbed child)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Tryon
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On DVD: Sep 5, 2006



as Niles Perry

as Holland Perry

as Alexandra

as Angelini

as Uncle George

as Mrs. Rowe

as Rider

as Mr. P.C. Pretty

as Chan-yu
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Critic Reviews for The Other

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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February 15, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Here's that rare movie that equals its source material.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for The Other

Despite the fact that he scripted and co-produced it himself, evidently author Thomas Tryon was unhappy with the finished film version of his psychological horror novel, though in all honesty it's difficult to imagine how it could possibly have been improved upon. Having demonstrated a singular talent for being able to tell a story though a child's eyes with To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Mulligan would appear to have been a very shrewd choice of director. And so he proves to be, though what impresses even more than Mulligan's handling of the young twin leads (Chris & Martin Udvarnoky) is his ability to create a sickly feeling of unease in the most outwardly wholesome of situations. Unusually for a horror film, the action almost exclusively takes place in bright sunshine, and with its Thirties setting and rural California doubling for the East Coast once again, at times the effect is not unlike watching a deeply twisted version of The Waltons. With the prevailing trend toward gratuitous excess as censorship codes were relaxed, it's not difficult to see how this gem, a beautifully crafted model of restraint, failed to find an audience at the time of release. However, anyone searching for an American movie comparable to The Innocents in terms of theme, aesthetics and sheer quality, look no further.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

You might want to check out this less-known (dated) thriller when you've something better to do. In the beginning, it felt a bit hard to tell Niles from Holland, but thankfully that didn't last long. The story is predictable, but that's not a big problem here. The performances are about okay. Good dialogues and better direction might have made it a notable piece. Besides, the way the climax is executed is also disappointing. 3.5/10.

familiar stranger

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a creepy gothic tale set in farm country of the 1930s, the film was the 'to kill a mockingbird' director's only foray into horror, putting an unsettling twist on the time worn theme of evil twins. with highly effective atmosphere and good acting, as well as an authentic set of identical twins, the story referenced a famous crime of the period (the lindbergh kidnapping) to good effect as well

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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