The Other (1972)
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Movie InfoThe 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 Chris (Niles Perry) and Martin (Holland Perry). Martin is shy, withdrawn, and somber, while Chris behaves like a normal ten-year-old boy. The question the film poses is which twin is good and which is evil -- and has he caused the killings? … More
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Critic Reviews for The Other
The diabolical story has its eerie moments, but skirts close to becoming too ridiculous to fathom.
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.More
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.More
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 wellMore
The Other is an intense Horror film, it generates real scares and makes you feel uneasy, considering That The Exorcist came out a year later, this film is almost a stepping stone of all the great horror films that was to come in the 70's. A terrific cast, and a terrific script combine to create a memorably chilling film that is truly unnerving. Based on the book of the same name, The Other is one good horror film, and I personally think it's overlooked and it's not talked about much in Horror cycles, I only heard of it by buying it during Walmart's annual Halloween movie sale, I read the back, and it intrigued me. When I saw it, I was in awe and how creepy and original this really was. Purely Brilliant. Director Robert Mulligan has crafted a memorable horror film that unfortunately is overlooked. The acting, and pacing of the film is great, and Mulligan takes his time with the plot to let the horror unfold on screen. The Other is a well crafted horror yarn that should definitely be seen by horror fans. A film tat will definitely scare you, The Other is horror at it's terrifying best.More
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