On Christmas Eve in 1950 in the small town of Arlington, Massachusetts, a man named Wilfred Butler (Philip Bruns) is burned to death. Twenty years later his grandson Jeffrey (James Patterson) wants to sell the house and uses a lawyer named Carter (Patrick O'Neal) to work out the details with the town council. Unfortunately, a maniac has escaped from a nearby mental institution for the criminally insane, and Carter and his very pretty girlfriend, Ingrid (Astrid Hereen) become victims of a bloody (but poorly staged) ax attack. Diane Adams (Mary Woronov of Eating Raoul), the daughter of the mayor (Walter Abel), meets up with Jeffrey and the two run around trying to find out what the hell's happening when more people start disappearing. Before the bloody holiday evening is through, there will be more deaths and more than one revelation.
|Walter Abel as the mayor|
Verdict: Interesting very early "slasher" film with an intriguing cast. **1/2.