Rabu, 30 Maret 2011
Philip Leacock - Dying Room Only (1973)
A couple arrive at a run down diner in the middle of the Arizona desert. Jean (Cloris Leachman) makes a brief bathroom visit and is left feeling vulnerable when her tetchy husband (Dabney Coleman) suddenly disappears. The rough looking locals (Ross Martin and Ned Beatty) are unhelpful and increasingly malevolent. Time is marching on and even the police seem unable to help. This is the nerve-wracking premise of ABC TV movie of the week, Dying Room Only (1973).
A prototype for later thrillers such as The Vanishing (1993) and Breakdown (1997), Dying Room Only was penned by suspense master Richard Matheson (Duel). The performances match the quality of the script as mounting desperation gives way to outright panic. Well directed, well executed, Dying Room Only is a standout gem of the TV movie canon.