Friday, October 27, 2023

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 27: Home for the Holidays (1972)

I am not entirely sure how Home for the Holidays, a made-for-TV "horror" movie, made it on to this list, and whether I had meant to add it to some kind of Christmas movies list instead. But on the list it was, so watch it I did. 

First, this is not to be confused with the 1995 Jodie Foster directed Home for the Holidays, which remains my favorite Thanksgiving movie. No, this one is an Aaron Spelling production starring--get this--Sally Field, Julie Harris, Jessica Walter, Eleanor Parker, and Walter Brennan! And while it's often referred to as a "slasher" movie, it's really just a whoddunit, because the only real difference between a slasher movie and a whoddunit is the amount of blood, and this being a TV movie means there's none of it.

The plot centers on four sisters who are summoned home over Christmas by their dying father. He insists his wife (played by Julie Harris) is poisoning him to death since she was accused of doing the same to her first husband several years prior. I mean, it makes sense, right? But soon some of the sisters meet untimely ends, and while all clues point to the possible poisoner, it can't possibly be that simple, right?

There's nothing particularly memorable about the movie, aside from its cast, but I always find it kind of fun revisiting these old TV movie thrillers.

I watched it via a not-great print available on YouTube (see below). But it is also available with a better print as an episode of the new Creature Features here.

1 comment:

Caffeinated Joe said...

I found it to be quite enjoyable. A small cast and location make for a cozy mystery thriller, and the amazing cast knocks it up a lot.