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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Reflection Of Fear (1972)

On the Eastern Canadian coast, a disturbed young girl (Sondra Locke) lives with her mother (Mary Ure) and grandmother (Signe Hasso). When her father (Robert Shaw), who she hasn't seen her since she was born, returns to ask his estranged wife for a divorce so he can marry his girlfriend (Sally Kellerman), it precipitates a brutal series of murders. Directed by the renowned cinematographer William A. Fraker (ROSEMARY'S BABY), the film is effective up to a point but Fraker is too methodical for a thriller. For example, he'll have a shot of the exterior of a house but dwells on the shot longer than necessary. We need this movie to move! Also, he inexplicably shot the movie in soft focus which while it gives the film a dream like quality, it just looks out of focus. The film's ace is Sondra Locke who gives a really creepy performance and the movie, if nothing else, serves as a reminder what a very talented actress she was before the Eastwood factor sabotaged her career. With Mitchell Ryan, Liam Dunn and Gordon De Vol.

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