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The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (23-Jan-1978)

Director: Leo Penn

Writers: Jack Guss; Charles E. Israel; James M. Miller; Jennifer Miller

From novel: Harvest Home by Tom Tryon

Keywords: Horror

TV miniseries.

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René Auberjonois
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Michael Durrell
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Tracey Gold
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Norman Lloyd
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Michael O'Keefe
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Donald Pleasence
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Review by anonymous (posted on 3-Jan-2007)

I remember watching this as a kid. My mother had taped it from the TV in it's original form. It was amazing. I still have dreams about it now (20 some years later). After an exhaustive search my mother finally found someone who ordered the VHS for her (telling her it was the uncut version), she paid $80 for it. This was not even the same movie anymore. With the pieces taken out (including the scene portrayed on the cover of the movie), this film has no cohesivness. The only reason I know what was going on in the movie was because I've read the book numerous times. They butchered it. I am not the only reviewer to notice this (check out other sites reviews). I have heard that part of the reason has to do with one of the actors not signing on or something, therefor making them cut his character out completely, but this was more than just that. So, basically what I recommend, is that everyone complain.. hopefully we can all persuade them to release the original uncut version on DVD.. it's not worth watching otherwise.. (especially at $80) Maybe they could convince the actor to sign off now.. who knows?

Review by alex reddick (posted on 21-Aug-2007)

I have quite a movie collection, and I must say this is one of the few films that I've not been able to secure. I remember seeing this film on TV when I was a teenager and found each scene riveting. The film is exceptional in most every aspect of film making. I generally do not like horror movies, but this one is so realistic and plausible that one is immediately drawn into the web of deceit- similar to "Rosemary's Baby." The mix of sex and fear in this movie is one of the best I've ever seen. Symbolism abounds. I can't wait to find it in its original form just to sit down one early autumn eveing with the windows open and rustling leaves gathering on my front stoop- awaiting the neighborhood's first jack-o-lantern.

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