21 June 2024
Isn't It Shocking? (1973)
73 min.
Directed by John Badham.
With Alan Alda, Louise Lasser, Will Geer, Lloyd Nolan, Ruth Gordon, Pat Quinn, Edmond O'Brien.
Really offbeat TV horror.

Armed with an electrical heart defibrillator as his weapon of choice, someone is killing the elderly residents in the small town of Mount Angel.

Seems the maniac has a score from the past to settle...which he'll do by shocking his victims into premature cardiac arrest!

Aided by quirky assistant Lasser, local policeman Dan Barnes (Alda) heads an investigation into the baffling murders...but can he piece the clues together and catch the madman before more seniors die?

Prom Night meets Homebodies in this enjoyable teleterror that's exceptionally well acted (a fact that enables the players to carry off the delightful touches of humor with grace and style).

Alda is much better served here than in 1972's To Kill a Clown while Gordon is a hoot as Crazy Marge, last on the killer's list...will she kick it or still be kicking in the end?

Rare, but worth seeking out.

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