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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Picture Mommy Dead (1966)

Starring Don Ameche, Martha Hyer, Susan Gordon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Maxwell Reed
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
(actor & director credits courtesy

Three years after her mother's horrific death sent her into an institution, a young woman returns home and is tormented by visions suggesting she may have killed her.

Director Bert I. Gordon's daughter Susan gets a memorable showcase in this psychological thriller that features one of Gordon's biggest name casts, with Ameche, Hyer, and Gabor, and she holds her own among them.  Bert I. Gordon was probably best known for also creating the special effects in his films like Earth Vs. The Spider and Attack Of The Puppet People, but there aren't really any here, causing this film to hinge on Susan's performance and the quality of the screenplay.  None of the plot twists really came to me as a surprise, and the story's a bit familiar, and executed better before in similar films, but it's still an entertaining movie in its own right.

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