01 August 2014

A Taste of Evil (1971)
75 min.
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.
With Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins, Roddy McDowall, William Windom, Arthur O'Connell, Bing Russell, Dawn Frame.
As a child, young Susan was raped by a sinister stranger whose identity she could never seem to pinpoint.

Now rehabilitated and in an effort to begin life anew, adult Susan (Parkins) returns home to loving mother Stanwyck.

But soon, Susan begins seeing the corpse of her stepfather Harold popping up in the bathtub...then in the car...

And who is that creepy man she spies eyeing her from the front lawn at night?

Could it be that Susan's past trauma hasn't completely healed itself or is there some present, selfish evil at work here?

This well made TV horror picks up a nice head of steam in the final third, thanks to a few clever plot twists and an energetic turn by Stanwyck in the rain soaked climax.

Co scripted by Hammer writer Jimmy Sangster and competently shot by genre director Moxey (1970's The House That Would Not Die).

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