Bad Ronald (1974)





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"Bad" Ronald (Scott Jacoby) has been in hiding in a secret room ever since going off the deep end and killing a teenaged girl who'd made fun of him. Ronald's mother (Kim Hunter) helps her son to remain hidden, even when the house in which he is sequestered is rented by a family. As luck would have it, three of the family members are nubile young girls--perfect targets for the lonely, and looney, Ronald. In the original John Holbrook Vance novel on which this TV-movie is based, Ronald abducts, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Andrew Peter Marin
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as Ronald Wilby

as Elaine Wilby

as Mrs. Wood

as Babs Wood

as Mr. Wood

as Ellen Wood

as Althea Wood

as Sgt. Lynch

as Mr. Roscoe

as Mrs. Schumacher

as Duane Mathews

as Mrs. Mathews

as Laurie Mathews

as Carol Mathews

as Aunt Margaret

as Sgt. Carter
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All Critics (4)

Offers a non-supernatural variation on the idea that something sinister haunts the conventional family home, lurking within the walls and behind the 'normal' furnishings -- and relationships.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Although it's hampered by rushed pacing and some plot contrivances, Bad Ronald isn't actually that bad.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009

December 23, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Bad Ronald


A made-for-TV movie about a creepy nerdy boy named Ronald "Scott Jacoby" who gets himself in over his head when he kills a little girl in the neighbourhood by accident, and is put into hiding by his grandmother in between the walls of his house. Well, Grandma passes away, but Ronald doesn't come out. A new family movies into the house, and Ronald is still in there, living in his own creepy fantasy world. He watches them through holes in the wall, and sneaks out for food occassionally. It's a creepy movie which I watched in '74 and could never forget.

Lafe Fredbjornson

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