You Should Never Have Opened That Door

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Susannah (Carol Lynley) returns to her childhood home, a mill on an island off the coast of New England, when her folks die and she inherits the mill. She must deal with family demons…talk of a family curse…and the ever-whispered-about shuttered room, in this adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story. In typical gothic fashion, she and her husband (Gig Young) are warned to leave as soon as they arrive. Actually, the most menacing threat they face is not from whom or whatever is in the shuttered room, but from (cousin?) Ethan (Oliver Reed in perfect sleaze/heavy form) who wants to take possession not only of the mill, but of Susannah. Lynley is compelling and sympathetic as Susannah, and Gig is the perfect doting, protective husband. There’s nothing very original about The Shuttered Room…it will remind you of alot of similar horror stories…and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a solid thriller with some creepy and harrowing moments and certainly worth checking out…

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