So Sad About Gloria (1975)

So Sad About Gloria (1975)
  • 112
  • PG
  • Genre: Crime
  • Release year: 1975 ()
  • Running time: 90 min
  • Original Title: So Sad About Gloria
  • Voted: 112

A young woman just released from a mental hospital moves back in with her family. However, she is soon troubled by disturbing visions in which she commits a series of axe murders.

1Lori SaundersGloria Wellman
2Dean JaggerFrederick Wellman
3Robert GinnavenChris Kenner
4Lou HoffmanThe Psychiatrist
5Seymour TrietmanMr. Bellinger
6Linda WyseJamie Mylen
  • So Sad About Gloria: Should have been better by 4

    The curiously titled So Sad About Gloria is more of a thriller than a horror and tells the story of a young woman released from an asylum and trying to start her life afresh.

    Starring Lori "The Beverly Hillbillies" Saunders our heroine is a very wealthy lady who immediatly meets a suitor upon her release. But is she truly well again? And what part will those around her play?

    I was actually enjoying the film, Saunders was excellent and it very much saddened me that she didn't have a bigger career. She hasn't worked since 1980 and based on her performance here that's a real shame.

    The film is well paced and interesting but has some severe flaws. For one the actual camera work is poor, I don't mean the traditional cinematography I mean the cameras used. The quality is poor and the scratches and blemishes on the lense are unforgivable!

    To make matters worse the soundtrack is really quite bad, it's over the top in places and truly cringe inducing in others.

    As if all that wasn't enough the story trails off, it doesn't deliver which is very unfortunate as I was really getting into it.

    Despite the flaws the film is watchable, if you can get past the patchy writing and embarassing unprofessionalism there is entertainment to be had and Saunders is postively mesmerizing.

    The Good:

    Lori Saunders

    Some decent ideas

    The Bad:

    Camera quality is awful

    Incredibly cringe inducing soundtrack

    Story sadly doesn't deliver

    Things I Learnt From This Movie:

    I suddenly have the overwhelming compulsion to climb a tree

  • Had possibilities by 5

    For a basically no-budget thriller, this isn't really all that bad. Director Harry Thomason went on to produce the first-rate TV series "Designing Women," Dean Jagger was an Academy Award-winning actor, and Lori Saunders, best known for playing one of the sisters in "Petticoat Junction," is actually pretty good in a very atypical role. The plot about a recently released mental patient who may or may not be committing a series of ax murders isn't particularly original, but the film does achieve a degree of suspense, and Saunders does a good job--for the most part--of conveying the anxiety and confusion of a young girl who isn't sure if she's a serial killer. The film is definitely hampered by its next-to-nil production values, and Thomason obviously had quite a bit to learn about directing--mainly about pacing and continuity--but it's not a completely botched effort. And Lori Saunders is just so damn cute it's hard not to give her the benefit of the doubt. But then again . . .

    Anyway, it's worth a look. (However, there's another Harry Thomason film that isn't: a bottom-of-the-barrel sci-fi stinker called "The Day It Came to Earth." Absolutely rancid. Skip it.)

  • B movie heaven by 10

    A great axing scene, overdone directing, excessive use of music, and some terrible acting by the lead heroine equals B movie heaven. Elvira ragged on it and MST should have; it is that much fun! This movie does manage to create a weird doomed kinda feel to it that is unique and kinda fun. If you like B movies (and you know you do otherwise you would not be reading this), check it out for a fun 90 minutes!

1James W. Robersoncinematographer
2Hank Levinecomposer
3Harry Thomasondirector
4Marshall Rigganwriter