Are You in the House Alone? (1978)
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as Gail Osborne
as Steve Pastorinis
as Anne Osborne
as Neil Osborne
as Chris Elden
as E.K. Miller
as Jessica Hirsh
as Phil Lawver
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I can't tell anyone. They won't believe me. Gail is a high school teenager that routinely goes on double dates with her best friend that leads to her making out for a long time with her high school crush. However, she never wants to take it the distance and have sex. She begins getting plagued by crank calls that no one takes seriously; however, as the calls continue, it becomes more apparent her caller is on his way to her house... "I am getting closer." Walter Grauman, director of Nightmare on the 13th Floor, Outrage, Covenant, Cover Up, The Untouchables (1959), 633 Squadron, and Pleasure Palace, delivers Are you in the House Alone. The storyline for this picture is actually fairly interesting and unfolds well. The acting is solid and believable and the few thriller scenes are dramatic. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Dennis Quaid, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill, Robin Mattson, Alan Fudge, and Ellen Travolta. "I want you to have it all!" I came across this movie on Netflix and had to add it to my queue (I honestly thought I had already seen it but I hadn't). This was fairly good as I liked the characters and how they were presented. This wasn't particularly intense, but it unfolds well and I liked how it concluded. This is definitely worth a viewing. "He raped me!" Grade: C+
Okay, so I went into this expecting a horror slasher or something of that nature, not a made for TV rape drama, so I may've judged the film more harshly than necessary, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. Rental, at best.
In "Are You in the House Alone?!," teenager Gail (Kathleen Beller) begins receiving threatening phone calls and notes. At first, she and her friends believe them to be just cruel pranks. As the calls and letters become more aggressive, she starts fearing for her life. Who is stalking her and why? I can't begin to tell you how tedious and slow "Are You in the House Alone?!" gets towards the end. The last 30 minutes are unbearable. The final six minutes trudged along at a snail's pace that has to be experienced to be believed. It's evident this was meant to be a social statement about rape and encouraging victims to speak out against their attackers. I'm not knocking it and think that's important. However, it would help if the movie didn't cause you to fall asleep before the message is fully delivered. Early appearances by Blythe Danner ("Meet the Parents") and Dennis Quaid ("Frequency") makes this a little easier to sit through. http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/849014/eric_shirey.html
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