02 September 2014

Dead of Winter (1987)
100 min.
Directed by Arthur Penn.
With Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall, Jan Rubes, William Russ, Ken Progue, Wayne Robson, Mark Malone.
Too implausible to be a heavy contender, this okay thriller still has the power of McDowall as villain and the sorta/kinda talented Steenburgen playing 45 different characters.

Okay, she only plays 3 different characters.

But after sitting through all the plot winds and twists interminably, you won't remember anyhow.

The plot concerns an actress who thinks she's gotten the lead in a horror film, but instead has become involved in a blackmailing/inheritance thing. See Scalpel (1976) or Lies (1983) and you'll get the same idea, to varying effects.

This is a good lazy Sunday afternoon watch...preferably when it's snowing outside. Just don't expect a classic.

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