CampBlood Homo Horror Features: So Readable They Hurt


No Place to Hide   1981

Kathleen Beller, Kier Dullea, Mariette Hartley & Gary Graham
Privileged but sweet-as-pie Amy (Kathleen Beller) whittles away her days batting her puppy dog eyes (she is super cute!) and taking art classes. In her spare time, a shrouded assailant who whispers “Soon Amy Soon,” stalks her. Her stepmom, Adele (Mariette Hartley, resembling Terrence Stamp in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) thinks Amy is sniffing too much paint in class. Her shrink (Kier Dullea) (ed: *swoon*...) thinks the stalker is a figment Amy created because of the guilt she carries over her father’s untimely death. Amy journeys to the mountains to come to terms with her conscience and soon discovers what “Soon Amy Soon”, really means…

No Place to Hide is a superb mystery written by Hammer alumni (and frequent MOTW scriber), Jimmy Sangster (Scream, Pretty Peggy) and directed by my hero, John Llewellyn Moxey (I’ll pretend like Through Naked Eyes doesn’t exist) (ed: um, let's not forget I, Desire, shall we?). The cast is well up to the task of the complicated plot, but Mariette simply shines as the conflicted mother. No Place to Hide is a tight mystery that owes a bit to Home for the Holidays but has enough moxey (ha!), twists and genuinely terrifying moments to stand on its own two feet.

Recap by Amanda By Night

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