13. MAD(E) FOR TV: Any 70’s feature length that was made specifically for television.
Amanda Hilton (Shelley Winters) is lost. Her daughter committed suicide after an affair come wrong and the only happiness she can find lies in torturing Frank Klaner (Bradford Dillman), a man who she thinks is behind the death of her child, a man who she now has inside a cage in her basement.
Based on the novel There Was an Old Woman by Elizabeth Davis, this made for TV movie was directed by Jud Taylor and written by Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Psycho. The same novel was made into Inn of the Frightened People, which has Joan Collins in it.
Frank’s wife Dianne (Carol Eve Rossen)has hired Mark Hembric (Stuart Whitman), who may be a psychic. He may not. Hey, Frank may be guilty of the crime, too. You know how the 70s work. Things are quite ambiguous. But guess what? Dianne really does have mental powers!
Look — the world needs more movies where Shelley Winters serves drug-filled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and threatens businessmen with an axe while screaming at the highest of registers.
It’s 71 minutes long. It would have been three hours on the CBS Late Night Movie.
You can watch this on YouTube.