Bad Ronald

Bad Ronald

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Director: Buzz Kulik

Cast: Buzz Kulik, Scott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, John Larch

     
 

"Bad" Ronald (Scott Jacoby) has been in hiding in a secret room ever since going off the deep end and killing a teenaged girl who'd made fun of him. Ronald's mother (Kim Hunter) helps her son to remain hidden, even when the house in which he is sequestered is rented by a family. As luck would have it, three of the family members are nubile young girls--perfect targets… See more details below

Overview

"Bad" Ronald (Scott Jacoby) has been in hiding in a secret room ever since going off the deep end and killing a teenaged girl who'd made fun of him. Ronald's mother (Kim Hunter) helps her son to remain hidden, even when the house in which he is sequestered is rented by a family. As luck would have it, three of the family members are nubile young girls--perfect targets for the lonely, and looney, Ronald. In the original John Holbrook Vance novel on which this TV-movie is based, Ronald abducts, repeatedly rapes and ultimately kills two women. The video version of Bad Ronald is heavily laundered, but no less terrifying.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This amusing made-for-TV thriller, based on John Holbrook Vance's novel, tells the story of a high-school outcast (Scott Jacoby) who accidentally murders a young girl for teasing him. Jacoby's over-protective mother (Kim Hunter) is concerned about his future, so she decides to hide him from the police by constructing a secret walled-up room in the house. Jacoby's hiding-place goes undetected and everyone thinks he ran away, but trouble brews when Hunter dies during gall-bladder surgery and the house is purchased by a family with three young daughters. Jacoby hides and spies on the family for weeks, fancying pretty Cindy Fisher to be the Princess of Atranta, a mythical kingdom which he invented with elaborate paintings in his room. When the parents go on vacation, Jacoby makes his move, and it's up to a crusty cop and the brother of his first victim to stop him. This is a brief (74 minutes) but absorbing film highlighted by Jacoby and Hunter's early scenes together and tight direction by Buzz Kulik. If there is one flaw here, it's a rather abrupt ending, but this minor chiller is otherwise surprisingly good.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
UPC:
0883316195048
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
4,564

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Jacoby Ronald Wilby
Pippa Scott Mrs. Wood
John Larch Sgt. Lynch
Dabney Coleman Mr. Wood
Kim Hunter Elaine Wilby
John Fiedler Mr. Roscoe
Linda Watkins Mrs. Schumacher
Cindy Fisher Babs Wood
Cindy Eilbacher Althea Wood
Lisa Eilbacher Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles Duane Mathews
Lesley Woods Aunt Margaret
Aneta Corsaut Mrs. Mathews
Linda Purl Laurie Mathews
Angela Hoffman Carol Mathews
Roger Aaron Brown Sgt. Carter
Karen Purcil Wanda

Technical Credits
Buzz Kulik Director
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
Philip Capice Producer
Ed Graves Production Designer
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Andrew Peter Marin Screenwriter
Lee Rich Executive Producer
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer

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