The Other (1972)
as Niles Perry
as Holland Perry
as Aunt Vee
as Uncle George
as Mrs. Rowe
as Mr. P.C. Pretty
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
Incredibly eerie and disturbing.
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.
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.
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