Tuesday will now be TV movie day on Deep Red Rum. We’re gonna find some strange stuff in the realm of the TV movie, especially in the deep dark 70s when they were not just movies but “Television Events.” Enjoy.
Suzy (Deborah Raffin) is a commercial actress/model living a bland, safe life with her boyfriend Jason (Bruce Davison). Her best friend doesn’t really like Jason, but she doesn’t have a good reason. Well, he’s about to give her one. Suzy begins to have visions of a bald man (Andrew Prine, billed only as the Bald Man), a sinister character who appears to her in public, in her dreams, and even in her bed. Luckily, at first, he isn’t aware of her. Suzy is frightened at the visions and hallucinations, and the way time seems to stop when they occur. And stupid Jason doesn’t believe her! Worse, he thinks FBI agent Ben (David Ackroyd), who does believe Suzy, is only pretending to believe her to get into her pants. Ain’t that some shit?
Why is the FBI involved? Well, one night Suzy opens her fridge and hears a radio transmission from the two pilots of a plane that crashes. (Like the scene from Ghostbusters, except that the actor named Ackroyd is the love interest here and not his goofy sidekick.) When Suzy hears about the crash on the news the next day, she tells the investigating FBI agents about it and it turns out they have an expert in this type of psychic phenomena (as any X-Files viewer could have told you, fourteen years in the future). The expert determines that there is a psychic link between Suzy and the Bald Man and that she will probably encounter the man at some point. Stupidly, she keeps looking for the Bald Man until he catches on and kidnaps her, and then it is up to Ben to save her. Will Ben find her in time? Is Jason going to keep acting like a jackass? Why is there a psychic link between Baldy and Suzy? Two of these questions will be answered by the end of the film.
I’m sure no screenwriters are listening to the following rant, but it will make me feel better to say that I wish they didn’t insist on having horror characters that don’t believe in whatever the main character is experiencing. It is so tedious. You’re in a horror movie, you idiot! Believe it. I get that Jason had to be removed from the picture so that handsome Ben could ease on in, but all the fingers-in-the-ears-“Mary Had A Little Lamb”-ing from Jason got old real fast. Also, it was tough to see sexy Andrew Prine with a bald head and his jeans pulled up to his armpits looking like a crazy person, but he was very creepy. He even threw a dead body at Suzy in a great instance of improvising a weapon! And, annoying Bruce Davison character aside, I liked this movie. The feeling of never knowing what was real and whether Suzy was awake, dreaming, or going nuts was very effective. Also, as a bonus, Robert Englund plays Ben’s partner. If you like TV movies as a thing, you should track down Mind Over Murder. It isn’t hard to do if you can use a search engine.