It is the summer of 1935 and 9-year-old twins Niles (Chris Udvarnoky – first film) and Holland (Martin Udvarnoky – first film) Perry live on their family farm in Connecticut. Their grandmother Ada (Uta Hagen – Reversal of Fortune, The Boys From Brasil) has taught them 'the game' and they entertain themselves with it. Soon a number of accidents begin to happen and Niles thinks that Holland is responsible. Ada begins to see the truth and ends up being the only one who can stop it.
This is the first time on DVD for this film from the 70s and after watching it I was surprised that it had become so obscure. Some of you will remember watching this film when you were younger and being scared out of your wits. Filmmakers have used creepy twins in many a film, but few have done so subtly as director Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Man in the Moon). Everything about the film is fairly subtle and this greatly lends to the tension that Mulligan successfully builds. Like many films from the 70s, it pits a child against an evil force, but in this case that evil force is not supernatural. It is a film in which it is best not to talk too much about plot or twists or the ending for fear of ruining all its surprises.
-Trailers for The Good Son, The Omen (2006), The Innocents, and Lifeboat