The Stepford Wives (1975)

Bryan Forbes directs Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss and Peter Masterson in this psychological horror where a housewife begins to suspect the men of her new community of swapping their ladies for automatons.

Dull and dreary for an hour and 15 minutes. Rosemary’s Baby got away with a similar trick where we watch the victim of a diabolical fantasy conspiracy slowly realise her own situation. Forbes is no Polanski. He cannot make the outlandish betrayal unsettling or creepy until the final shot. It is a long way to go to get there. The marketing hook is also the final reel twist. Why do these films make us sit through the preamble to a concept that is spoiled for us on the poster?!


Check out my wife Natalie’s Horror blog

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