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Scarecrow on Seattle: REFLECTIONS OF MURDER

For the past few years, Scarecrow Video has been contributing reviews of movies made in the Pacific Northwest to the Seattle Office of Film + Music's e-newsletter (you may have seen some of them when we had our Scarecrow on Seattle rental section up last year). We're now proud to be able to share these reviews on our site as well.





Reflections of Murder (1974)
This adaptation on the famous French film Diabolique which was, in turn, based on a novel by the prolific author Pierre Boileau is an above average TV movie but, considering its familiar source material, is still a predictable production. Joan Hackett stars as a teacher at an all-boy private school who conspires to murder her cruel lover who happens to be the school's headmaster. Tuesday Weld portrays her partner in crime and Sam Waterston is the jerk headmaster. These days it is hard to buy Waterston as anything but a benevolent District Attorney but in this film he is a real bastard. Hackett and Weld murder Waterston and, eventually, hide his corpse in the school's swimming pool but soon the corpse seems to have vanished. If you have seen the original Diabolique (which is highly recommended) or the crappy but funny 90's remake or the other TV movie version (House of Secrets) than you are well aware of the film's climax. Even if you haven't seen any of the other variations of Boileau's novel you will probably guess the final surprise. Still, this is a pretty entertaining flick and it features some solid acting and enjoyable Seattle area footage. I'm not sure where the remote private school is supposed to be located but it is a boat ride from downtown Seattle so there is a lot of ferry terminal footage. Also seen are a few establishing shots of the city that prominently display The Smith Tower and, naturally, The Space Needle. There is also a tense scene on the Alaskan Way Viaduct involving a flat tire, a corpse in the trunk and an inquisitive but ultimately helpful motorcycle cop. This film is only available on VHS but, of course, you can find it at Scarecrow Video.
--Spenser Hoyt


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