Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV

    Celebrity

      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      A Reflection of Fear

      PG 1973 1 hr. 29 min. Horror List
      Reviews 40% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Both a teen (Sondra Locke) and her alter-ego doll, Aaron, resent her father's (Robert Shaw) new girlfriend (Sally Kellerman). Read More Read Less

      Audience Reviews

      View All (11) audience reviews
      Audience Member Overall, this is a classic slow-burning horror film with moments of thrills and suspense.  At first, it seemed highly predictable, but the movie did manage to surprise me with its outcomes.  The scares and image quality do feel outdated and weaker compared to its first initial release.  That being said, I do feel the film still delivers an unsettling experience for those who have never seen it.  Performances are generally fine, with Robert Shaw and Sondra Lock being the biggest highlight from the cast. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Screenwriters Edward Hume and Lewis John Carlino both had some really incredible careers. Hume wrote the pilot episodes for Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, as well as The Day After while Carlino wrote Seconds, The Mechanic, Crazy Joe and Where Have All the People Gone? amongst other movies. Here, they adapt the Stanton Forbes novel Go To Thy Deathbed for director William A. Fraker, who usually worked as a cinematographer on movies like Games, Exorcist II: The Heretic and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. He wouldn't direct another movie after this until The Legend of the Lone Ranger. Inside a mansion lives the fifteen-year-old Marguerite (Sondra Locke), her mother Katherine (Mary Ure) and her grandmother Julia (Signe Hasso). Our heroine takes daily injections of something with no label, all while discussing her paranoia with her dolls, collecting amoebas and painting disturbing images. Now, her father Michael (Robert Shaw) wants to reconnect with her after nearly ten years, as he's about to divorce her mother to marry Anne (Sally Kellerman). Soon, her mother and grandmother are dead at the hands of one of her dolls, Aaron, and Anne is growing concerned by just how physical the relationship between father and daughter becomes. Even when they attempt to make love, the camera finds Marguerite joining in from another room, alone, in synch with her father. There's no way that this is going to end well for anyone, obviously, but the twist at the end? Oh yes, no one will see that coming. Also, Locke is 27 playing 15, a woman trapped in a child's body, so perhaps the twist is one you will imagine. This movie stayed hidden for some time, as actual filming completed in the early part of 1971, but its premiere was not until late 1972 and it wasn't released until the winter of 1973. I wonder just how much the film's subject matter had to do with that. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Locke was Outstanding... By the time it finished, I was drooling--Weird multilevel horror movie,not for children... Haunting Gothic Psychodrama!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent early 70s psychological horror with a surprise "twist" at the end! Great cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the creepiest movies of its time. Sondra Locke gave a chilling performance. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Creepy, if predictable, psychological thriller. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Both a teen (Sondra Locke) and her alter-ego doll, Aaron, resent her father's (Robert Shaw) new girlfriend (Sally Kellerman).
      Director
      William A. Fraker
      Screenwriter
      Lewis John Carlino, Stanton Forbes, Edward Hume
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 18, 2018