Anyone who wants to hear about the first two stories in this trilogy raise your hand…anybody?…nobody? But they really showcase the talent of KAREN BLACK! No? Alright, I’ll make it quick. In the first one she plays a dowdy spinster who’s really a man-eater type hussy and in the second one she plays a dowdy spinster who’s ALSO a man-eater type hussy. (It’s like trying to watch MARY REILLY and PRETTY WOMAN at the same time with your eyes crossed). Now on to the yummy gravy. In the third installment she is cast (against type) as a relatively normal human. She’s not a hussy, though her mom thinks she is and she’s not a spinster because her hair is not in a bun and she doesn’t wear glasses. She’s also branching out with a new love interest, an anthropologist who she purchased a lovely Zuni fetish doll for. Most of this information is told to us via a phone conversation with her unseen ma who seems to keep her offspring on a pretty tight umbilical cord. After conveying to her mother that she’s an adult and capable of handing herself “Amelia” prepares a bath, but not before she knocks the little gold necklace off the doll. Thing is, the doll came with a note that explained the jewelry was keeping the tchotchke from coming to life. What follows is a whirlwind of gnashing teeth, swinging blades and wince inspiring screeches and gnarls as Zuni seems determined to illustrate mom’s point of view that Amelia should have never left the nest. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how may times you’ve seen this RICHARD MATHESON penned tellevision movie, when this knee-high Tasmanian devil hits full tilt boogie mode you’ll either be on the edge of your seat or lifting your feet away from the bottom of the couch.
Blade under bathroom door
He can work doorknobs!
Lil’ Zuni doll cutting through suitcase
BLACK squatting on the floor pounding her blade in anticipation of mom’s arrival