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A Reflection of Fear (1972)

A disturbed young girl starts believing that there is something very sinister at work after her estranged father visits her at her mother and grandmother's house with the woman he plans to marry.


William A. Fraker


Edward Hume (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Robert Shaw ... Michael
Sally Kellerman ... Anne
Mary Ure ... Katherine
Sondra Locke ... Marguerite
Signe Hasso ... Julia
Mitchell Ryan ... Inspector McKenna (as Mitch Ryan)
Gordon De Vol Gordon De Vol ... Hector (as Gordon Devol)
Gordon Anderson ... Aaron (voice)
Victoria Risk Victoria Risk ... Peggy
Leonard Crofoot Leonard Crofoot ... Aaron (as Leonard John Crofoot)
Michael St. Clair Michael St. Clair ... Kevin
Liam Dunn ... Coroner
Michelle Marvin Michelle Marvin ... Nurse
Michele Montau Michele Montau ... Mme. Caraquet


A young disturbed girl lives with her mother and grandmother. One day her estranged father returns home with a female companion he introduces as his fiancee. Soon the girl finds herself in the midst of strange goings-on, which evolve into a web of murder. Throughout all this, her father starts acting less and less fatherly which leads his horrified fiancee to believe that he wants to sleep with his own daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A cry in the night... A gasp in the dark...


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Dreamy and haunting
19 April 2003 | by Pookie-10See all my reviews

I recently had the privilege to see a brand new (from the camera negative) 35mm print of this film at the American Cinematheque here in Los Angeles. It was a Friday night, there were probably only about 20 people in the theatre. Bill Fraker and Sondra Locke were there to talk about it. I really admire this film on many levels, visually it is quite amazing, filled with haunting pastel images and eerie dark shadowy lighting. It had look and feel [and content] of a film made around the 1970-71 period as opposed to '73, and sure enough that was indeed the case. (the film was shelved for 2 years before the studio did something with it) This is yet another interesting example of the kind of strange and bold and brilliant and unconventional film that could have ONLY been made in that time. (and surely the filmmakers of the time were not aware of it--as this was just the reality of the era)

In the same kind of haunting and lonely ambience this film created, I felt depressed that these works are still so overlooked. Even now, (as of late March 2003) there is only one other comment here on the IMDB. And this person (verna55) happens to a friend of mine I've corresponded with. It seems only too apparent there is simply no audience for movies like this, except for rare, intelligent, aware people like me. On one level I'm glad to know about and connect with films like this, on another it makes me morose with utter hopelessness knowing there is simply no market for films like this. Or chance anything like it could ever be made again, especially given the way people tend to overlook and ignore the most brilliant things. But gee, thats nothing new isn't it? I hold little hope for the future of humankind, and you know what? frankly I think some kind of armageddon would be the best thing that could happen to planet earth right now. (--D. Packard, director of "Reflections of Evil")

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11 May 1973 (Finland) See more »

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The Daughter See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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