Richard T. Heffron
Robert Culp, Marlyn Mason, Beah Richards, Jacqueline Scott and Tom Leopold
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
Fantastic movie from the lost age of reactionary made-for-television drama. Robert Culp skillfully plots a trajectory through uptight liberal fair-minded-ness and faith in the system, knee-jerk conservatism and fear of crime, and homicidal psychosis. The teens are a collection of pure sneering evil stereotypes, and the eventual message of this film makes episodes of Dragnet look evenhanded by comparison. But what really shines in this is the great pace of the movie, building the fear and paranoia by degrees, as well as the feel of the whole California setting. Just because it's made-for-television doesn't mean it isn't great art. This is a classic!