This was banned. Outlawed. You could go to prison for owning this film back in the early 80’s! It’s shocking… not the film. It’s shocking that this was so offensive back then that people could do time. Tame is the understatement.
The tale follows a young woman, Julia a teacher of deaf kids who has a secret twin sister, Mary (Allison Biggers) who is her alter ego, evil, disfigured and angry. She spends her time in the local madhouse, but niggles in the back of Julia’s (Trish Everly) mind. When Julia’s friends start going missing, she’s obsessed that it’s her evil sister out for revenge, but with a mysterious killer dog on the loose, it’s a question of whose really doing the murder’s here. The dog, Mary, Julia or some other bizarre reason.
It’s quite a good film, well shot with great performances all round. Every is cool and convincing with the difficult lead role here. Dennis Robertson plays the friendly supportive vicar at the madhouse, also offering a very challenging role to the audience.
This is not the usual nasty. It’s more like a mid afternoon drama with a bit of added suspense. Saying that, the opening 15 mins are pretty heavy going, very creepy and disturbing, but nothing to get all banned about.