The Horror Honeys: MOWOW – Don’t Answer the Phone! Or Open Your Locker.

MOWOW – Don’t Answer the Phone! Or Open Your Locker.

A Movie of the Week of the Week with Supernatural Honey Suzanne

Are You in the House Alone? (1978)

If you’re a fan of 70s television, you know that many themes and topics are really ahead of their time. In fact, they are executed in such a realistic manner it’s amazing some of these things ever aired. If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to watch anything created by Norman Lear and get back to me. TV movies were no exception. What I’m highlighting this week may sound like a typical 70s slasher from the title, but it’s actually a film about high school bullying, stalking, victim blaming, and the lack of repercussions for the perpetrator. 

The story: Gail Osbourne (Kathleen Beller) is a pretty, popular girl, with a bright future ahead of her. She’s just started dating Steve (Scott Colomby) and things seem to be going really well until she begins receiving handwritten notes stuffed in her locker. The notes indicate someone is watching her and threatens her safety. She also starts receiving phone calls at home. Her friends think it’s a joke and tell her to ignore it. Her parents brush it off because they have their own issues to deal with.

One night she receives calls at the house where she’s babysitting. Shortly after taking the phone off the hook, there’s a knock at the door. Thinking it’s her boyfriend, she opens it to find the one person she least suspects. That trust results in a sexual assault. The remainder of the film finds Gail struggling to recover while the law seems to side with her assailant. She decides to take matters into her own hands to get some vindication.

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Are You in the House Alone tells an all too familiar story; Someone is harassed and assaulted, but then bullied by authorities and friends who don’t want to believe someone they know could possibly be violent. The victim must somehow be at fault. Sadly, the state of our justice system hasn’t come too far, as these sentiments still ring true. Prosecution is still incredibly difficult for these types of crimes.

Never trust a guy who teases his hair.
This film uses POV sparingly, but well, from two perspectives. First that of Gail, who uses her camera to narrow down her list of suspects in the harassment. It is also used from the stalkers perspective as he watches Gail at school and with friends. The list of suspects isn’t long, but there are several characters who really make you think, “That’s the guy.”

I wouldn’t go so far as to say the acting was exceptional, but there isn’t much to complain out. The cast is mostly unknowns, but a few of the actors went on to have exceptional careers, like Blythe Danner and Dennis Quaid, who was always hunky.  

Now THAT is the right Quaid. Yeaaaah, Dennis alllll day.
Supernatural Honey Rating: 4 heavy breathers out of 5

Are You in the House Alone is available on Amazon Prime Streaming, Netflix Streaming, DVD and YouTube.

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