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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dying Room Only (1973)

From the pen of Richard Matheson (I AM LEGEND) comes this taut little thriller with a familiar premise. A married couple (Cloris Leachman, Dabney Coleman) on vacation stop at run down diner in the desert for something to eat. She goes to the ladies room but when she returns, her husband is gone … and no one knows where and what’s more they couldn’t care less! Leachman feels in her gut that something is terribly wrong and who can blame her when everyone around her acts like they have guilt tattooed on their forehead? I wish that Matheson had written a smarter heroine though. Leachman’s hysteria becomes irritating after awhile and her actions foolish rather than thought out. But there’s no denying the suspense factor is kept pretty high. With Ned Beatty, Ross Martin, Louise Latham and Dana Elcar.

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