The Attic (1980)

The Attic (1980)





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After 1970's Diary of a Mad Housewife, actress Carrie Snodgress found her career moving in frets and starts rather than barrelling ahead. By 1979, Snodgress was making do with gothic horrors like The Attic. In a variation on a theme previously explored in The Barretts of Wimpole Street and The Heiress, Snodgress plays a shy, withdrawn young woman who is totally dominated by her tyrannical father Ray Milland. At father's insistence, she remains sequestered in her attic room, denied contact with any men. When she finally breaks free, a spectacularly bloody denouement is the result.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Carrie Snodgress
as Louise Elmore
Ray Milland
as Wendell
Punky Meadows
as Dickey
Ruth Cox
as Emily
as Dickey
Rosemary Murphy
as Mrs. Perkins
Frances Bay
as Librarian
Marjorie Eaton
as Mrs. Fowler
Fern Barry
as Mrs. Mooney
Mark Andrews
as Gardener
Dick Welsbacher
as Bureau of Missing Persons
Phil Speary
as Travel
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Just bloody awful. I only watched it because it was on the same DVD as another movie I wanted to see, which wasn't really that good either.

Rick Billman
Rick Billman

A shout out to the single depressed middle aged psycho women of America and their menacing families. [img][/img] The Attic is an interesting movie in the sense that it is quite different. Then again the movie is quite bad because it’s fairly pointless and slow. The pinnacle of ridiculous is when one of those horrid 70’s songs blares back up about friendship and love. You know…the baritone like woman, dying in bed…but still belting out this song about friendship, love….and touching. Well it is made worse by the fact that it is just a backdrop to two women biking in the park, and it literally makes you think perhaps the story will be taking a lesbian route at any moment. [img][/img] The movie is different, as it constantly pears into the woman’s melting mind. It may not be as creative as ‘Repulsion’ but it still works quite well. The killing blow is the fact that the movie is called –The Attic and yet nothing about the attic comes into play till the very end, so it is quite obvious all of the secrets of the storyline are kept there as if to shock you. [img][/img] I give this movie a 4.0 out of 10.0. It has some horrendous moments, but then again it is a totally different change of pace one can’t ignore. I don’t know any librarian women but I can bet you this is their cult movie anthem they play at a bi-monthly basis.

Holly Jolly
Holly Jolly

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