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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Andrew Peter Marin (teleplay by), John Holbrook Vance (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Jacoby ... Ronald Wilby
Pippa Scott ... Mrs. Wood
John Larch ... Sgt. Lynch
Dabney Coleman ... Mr. Wood
Kim Hunter ... Elaine Wilby
John Fiedler ... Mr. Roscoe
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Schumacher
Cindy Fisher ... Babs Wood
Cindy Eilbacher ... Althea Wood
Lisa Eilbacher ... Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles ... Duane Matthews
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sergeant Carter
Aneta Corsaut ... Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman Angela Hoffman ... Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill Karen Purcill ... Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
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Storyline

A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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The Wilby place is haunted... by a ghost who isn't dead! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Ronald See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on John Vance's novel of the same title, the violence of the book was heavily cut and toned down for television. Much of the more disturbing content of Vance's novel was considered too intense for FCC restrictions. See more »

Goofs

When Ronald is crawling out of the pantry, a boom mike is visible. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Wilby: Your parents won't be home until Sunday.
Babs Wood: [creeped out] How do you know that?
Ronald Wilby: I'm Prince Norbert, ruler of Atranta! I know everything.
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like an Anne Frank-Norman Bates mixture
29 April 2004 | by staytherelassSee all my reviews

Many fans of 70s tv horror revere this obscure and neat movie from 1974.And with good reason!Ronald is a shy young man with a wild imagination who lives with his twisted mother.After he accidentally kills a neighborhood girl and buries her,his ma surmises Ronald should hide in a plastered-over room until things settle down.Ma dies and Ronald stays put,drilling peepholes into every room.By this point he's quite deranged and when a new family with pretty daughters moves in,look out!Scott Jacoby is great as Ronald and the whole movie is very creepy.I've seen other movies that borrowed elements of BR(hider in the house,christina's house),but none reached the eerie level of this one.


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