21 May 2024
The Other (1972)
100 min.
Directed by Robert Mulligan.
With Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky, Victor French, Portia Nelson, Lou Frizzell, Jenny Sullivan, John Ritter, Loretta Leversee.
Set in 1930s Connecticut, this okay horror film involves two precocious 12-year old twin brothers Niles (Chris Udvarnoky) and Holland (Martin Udvarnoky).

Their gentle, seemingly broken-hearted mother (Muldaur) is unable to provide much discipline for the two youngsters.

Meanwhile, their Russian grandmother Ada (Hagen) teaches Niles to play a strange game whereby he can live out the experiences of various 'other' creatures - including animals, strangers...and even his own brother.

But when Holland begins to commit a series of evil & inexplicably malicious acts, will dangerously dark truths be forced to the surface?

Based on the 1971 novel from author Thomas Tryon, this slow paced character terror is nicely acted by both Udvarnokys and is charmingly photographed - although it's chill factor is not thoroughly consistent.

Hagen's overbaked earth mother routine is vaguely distracting. And there's plenty of underused crew here (ie Frizzell, Ritter).

But still, this is thoughtfully done and does boast a cool kind of Omen-like ending.

Fans of subtle '70s horror will enjoy.

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