31 October 2014

The Screaming Woman (1972)
73 min.
Directed by Jack Smight.
With Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Joseph Cotten, Laraine Stephens, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Knox Robinson, Jackie Russell.
Olivia de Havilland rocks in this Ray Bradbury-penned TV horror.

Wealthy landowner Laura Wynant (de Havilland) sets out for a solitary afternoon horse ride when she encounters a dog digging frantically within a wooded area on her property.

Stopping, Laura hears a woman's moan...low...desperate: 'Help me'...'Help me'...'Help me'....

Someone is buried alive in the ground below! Problem?

Well, um, Laura's just been released from a sanitarium for some mental problems. So no one will believe her.

Could she be imagining this unspeakable terror...and if not, will she be able to rescue the anonymous woman trapped beneath the dirt?

One of cinema's truest grande dames, de Havilland is *always* a pro and lends an elegant class to this well paced thriller.

The story arc livens as the real conflict becomes clear: if Laura is insane, she faces time in an asylum. If she's sane, she could come face to face with a killer.

Rare, but worth seeking out.

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