How Awful About Allan (1970)

How Awful About Allan (1970)





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Director Curtis Harrington (The Killing Kind) teams with screenwriter Henry Farrell (Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte) for this quietly disturbing tale of a man driven to psychosomatic blindness by a horrific family tragedy. Unable to cope with the fact that he has been blamed for the fire that killed his father and disfigured his sister (Julie Harris), psychologically unsound Allan (Anthony Perkins) is committed to a mental institution. Some time later, Allan is deemed fit for release and sent to live at his sister's house. But Allan's sister is far from happy to have her brother back home, and begins to sadistically toy with his fragile psyche to the point that he starts hearing disembodied voices and sensing an ominous presence. Could it be that Allan's father is actually reaching out for revenge from beyond the grave, or have Allan's sister's continued attempts to wear at her ailing brother's fragile psyche finally had the intended results.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Aaron Spelling Productions


Julie Harris
as Katherine
Kent Smith
as Raymond
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Critic Reviews for How Awful About Allan

All Critics (1)

The made-for-TV movie starred Anthony Perkins, in his only TV movie, with him effectively playing another over-the-top psycho role.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011
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Audience Reviews for How Awful About Allan


Easily solved mystery but what a great cast!

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Somewhat decent, and yet very lacking. Perkin's role is alright, but probably not one of his more memorable ones. The story is alright as a mystery, but there's a lot of holes and confusing moments. The main character's blindness remains in question to me (how was he reading that letter at the end?) and a lot of the bigger plot points seem wasted.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

This Movie Came in the Mill Creek Nightmare Worlds 50 Pack, Anthony Perkins was pretty young in this one. Not much to it. a B flix for sure. Don't confuse this with Psycho 2 which came out in 1985. Only 2 1/2 stars. 11-09-08

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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