6.8/10
1,839
56 user 27 critic

Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Andrew Peter Marin (teleplay by), John Holbrook Vance (based on a novel by)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bad Ronald (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Charles Gassot
Stars: Catherine Hiegel, Joachim Lombard, Donald Sumpter
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (TV Movie 1973)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Director: John Newland
Stars: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director: Nicolas Gessner
Stars: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith
The Night Strangler (TV Movie 1973)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
Dying Room Only (TV Movie 1973)
Mystery | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A married couple are traveling on a deserted desert road at night. They stop at a diner and the husband goes to the men's room. He never returns and the wife begins to suspect serious foul ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Cloris Leachman, Ross Martin, Ned Beatty
The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
Dead of Night (TV Movie 1977)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran
Satan's School for Girls (TV Movie 1973)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young woman investigating her sister's suicide at a private girls' school finds herself battling a Satanic cult.

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Pamela Franklin, Kate Jackson, Lloyd Bochner
That Certain Summer (TV Movie 1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A teenager must deal with his divorced father's homosexuality.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Martin Sheen, Joe Don Baker
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A killer is brutually attacking several tenants that live in a high rise apartment building in New York City.

Director: Tony Lo Bianco
Stars: Mike Connors, Anne Archer, Leon Isaac Kennedy
Home for the Holidays (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Eleanor Parker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Jacoby ... Ronald Wilby
Pippa Scott ... Mrs. Wood
John Larch ... Sgt. Lynch
Dabney Coleman ... Mr. Wood
Kim Hunter ... Elaine Wilby
John Fiedler ... Mr. Roscoe
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Schumacher
Cindy Fisher ... Babs Wood
Cindy Eilbacher ... Althea Wood
Lisa Eilbacher ... Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles ... Duane Matthews
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sergeant Carter
Aneta Corsaut ... Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman Angela Hoffman ... Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill Karen Purcill ... Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
Edit

Storyline

A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A disturbed teenager unleashes a night of terror. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Ronald See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This had a french remake in 1992 & Dimension Films had plans in 2010 to remake this but nothing has come to fruition. See more »

Goofs

When Babs runs downstairs in Mrs. Schumaker's house, the basement door opens out into the kitchen and the hinges are on the kitchen side. When Ronald shuts that door, the scene shows him pulling it shut from the kitchen side. When Babs knocks the hinge pins out to escape, the hinges are on the basement side. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Wilby: Atranta isn't fantasy, it's real!... You'll see.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Tampon Tango (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Bad Ronald...classic Vance
1 January 2005 | by ssullySee all my reviews

Several people have commented on the bizarre fantasy aspects of this weird little movie...and for that we can thank the fantastic imagination of its author, the inimitable Jack Vance. Vance is better known as one of the most singular fantasy and sci-fi authors of the last fifty years -- his 'Dying Earth' stories are classics of the genre. Yet as far as I know, Bad Ronald is the only book of his ever made into a movie.

I'd love to see this come out on DVD, along with other classic ABC Movies of the Week like "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and "Crowhaven Farm".


29 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 56 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed