The Mad Room

The Mad Room

Director: Bernard Girard Cast: Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Skip Ward


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In this horror tale, Ellen Hardy (Stella Stevens) shares a home with widow Gladys Armstrong (Shelley Winters). Ellen is engaged to marry Gladys' stepson, Sam Aller (Skip Ward). Ellen receives word that her brother and sister are soon to be released from a mental institution and need a place to stay; Ellen asks Gladys if they can live with them, and Gladys agrees. But Ellen hasn't told Gladys the whole truth. It seems that the siblings were institutionalized because their parents were murdered, and it was widely believed that they were responsible (though their guilt in the crime could not be proven). Not long after the now-teenage brother and sister move in with Ellen and Gladys, Gladys finds out about their secret -- and she is soon discovered brutally murdered. The kids, however, both claim that they had nothing to do with Gladys' death, and that the other must have done it. In the meantime, Ellen has to dispose of the body without raising suspicion, but after Ellen buries the corpse in the garden, the dog digs up a severed hand, and now Ellen must make sure the dog doesn't give away her family's ugly secret. The original version of The Mad Room included two songs by the pop group Nazz, which included songwriter, guitarist, and producer Todd Rundgren several years before he reached stardom as a solo artist; due to licensing restrictions, the songs do not appear on all video releases of the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2010
UPC: 0043396355088
Original Release: 1969
Rating: NC-17
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 45,134

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stella Stevens Ellen Hardy
Shelley Winters Mrs. Gladys Armstrong
Skip Ward Sam Aller
Carol Cole Chris
Severn Darden Nate
Beverly Garland Mrs. Racine
Michael Burns George
Barbara Sammeth Mandy
Jennifer Bishop Mrs. Ericson
Gloria Manon Edna
Lloyd Haynes Dr. Marion Kincaid
Lou Kane Armand Racine

Technical Credits
Bernard Girard Director,Screenwriter
Sidney Clifford Set Decoration/Design
Reginald Denham Screenwriter
Garrett Elsden Fort Screenwriter
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Ben Lane Makeup
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Maurer Producer
Edward Percy Screenwriter
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Somerset Editor
Pat Somerset Editor
Harry Stradling Cinematographer

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