Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Canada, 1974. Film Funding Ltd. of Canada, Vision IV, Canadian Film Development Corporation, Famous Players. Screenplay by Roy Moore. Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris. Produced by Bob Clark. Music by Carl Zittrer. Production Design by Karen Bromley. Costume Design by Debi Weldon. Film Editing by Stan Cole.
The original chiller that popularized the murder-by-numbers plots of gorier films to come, this one now seems tame but is still great fun to behold. A wonderful ensemble cast play members of a sorority who become concerned when one of their sisters goes missing; we know she is stowed in the attic with a plastic bag over her head, but Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin and Olivia Hussey have absolutely no clue. The police join in the investigation and begin to suspect that Hussey’s temperamental boyfriend (Keir Dullea) might be the culprit, but then where does he find the time to make those disturbing crank calls? While it does not reach the highest points of terror possible, the atmosphere is rich and the characters engaging in a film that has aged surprisingly well.