The Dark Half (film)
The Dark Half is a 1993 American horror film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. The film was directed by George A. Romero and stars Timothy Hutton as Thad Beaumont and George Stark, Amy Madigan as Liz Beaumont, Michael Rooker as Sheriff Alan Pangborn, Royal Dano in his final film. An author of highbrow literary novels, Thad Beaumont, is better known for the bestselling murder mystery suspense-thrillers he writes under the pen name "George Stark". Beaumont symbolically buries Stark in a mock grave. However, Stark has mysteriously become a physical entity and begins terrorizing Beaumont's family and friends after he emerges from the grave. Stark kills local photographer Homer Gamache and steals his truck, he murders Thad's editor and his agent's ex-wife, kills a man named Fred Clawson, trying to blackmail Thad for "being a con artist that should not have written books under a false name". When the police suspect Thad of murdering Gamache, he tries to convince Sheriff Alan Pangborn of Castle Rock, Maine he had nothing to do with it.
After putting an all-points bulletin on Clawson, accused of the death of Gamache, the New York police find him castrated and his throat slit. They find a message on the wall, written in Clawson's blood, "The sparrows are flying again." Thad starts to think. While in his office, Thad begins to receive messages from Stark, begins to worry about the next victim, he and his family start to receive threatening phone calls from Stark. Pangborn suspects the phone calls are a prank by Thad himself until Stark begins to describe how he is going to kill Thad's family, disturbing Pangborn. State Police find Homer Gamache's truck with Thad's fingerprints all over it. For some reason, Stark wants to live. Thad writes, but he is not alone in suspecting something strange: Sheriff Pangborn is suspicious and continues investigating. Thad begins to realize that Stark is, in fact, his parasitic twin brother who died at "childbirth." His mother never told Thad about the twin, he was unaware until a local doctor tells him that Stark was a fraternal twin, living inside Thad's brain..
Stark arrives, kills the doctor, blames Thad for the crime. Thad's colleague Reggie realizes that Stark is an entity controlled by the books that Thad wrote and that Stark will do anything he can to stop Thad. Stark kidnaps Thad's wife Liz and his children, makes a deal with Thad: Finishing a book that depicts Stark living in the real world, or he will kill his family. While writing the book, Thad notices Stark is healing himself with his writings, as George started to deteriorate due to Thad not writing anymore books, causing Thad to absorb his sickness. Thad and Stark get into a fight. Thinking that it is over, Stark decides to kill Thad's children instead. Sheriff Pangborn unties Liz, who says that Thad and Stark are upstairs. However, a huge flock of sparrows inexplicably comes and tears Stark apart, take him "back to hell where he belongs"; the sparrows are agents of Satan. Thad and Liz are spared, they, along with Pangborn, watch as the sparrows disappear into the night. Timothy Hutton as Thad Beaumont and George Stark Amy Madigan as Liz Beaumont Michael Rooker as Sheriff Alan Pangborn Julie Harris as Reggie Delesseps Robert Joy as Fred Clawson Chelsea Field as Annie Pangborn Royal Dano as Digger Holt Rutanya Alda as Miriam Cowley Beth Grant as Shayla Beaumont Kent Broadhurst as Mike Donaldson Tom Mardirosian as Rick Cowley Glenn Colerider as Homer Gamache The movie was filmed in part at Washington & Jefferson College, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Notable in the film are the chapel in the Old Main, seen at the beginning of the film as Beaumont's classroom, the office of the college chaplain, used as Beaumont's office. Members of the faculty and student body served as extras in the film; the residence featured in the film is a home located on Maple Avenue in the Edgewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The film was Romero's second foray into filming with the support of a major film production company, causing some problems for the notoriously low-budget director; the film was shot from October 1990 until March 1991 and was in release limbo for two years due to Orion Pictures' bleak financial situation. The film saw release in April 1993, taking in just over $10 million domestically. In its opening week The Dark Half ranked in the box office charts at number 6, gathering a total of $3,250,883 from 1,563 theatres. Critics gave mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes: the film received an average score of 57% from 30 reviews and earned an average rating of 5.7, though critics praised Timothy Hutton's performance in the film as well as the screenplay.
Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, praising Hutton's against type performance as Stark that "definitively shed his nice-guy image". However, Ebert faulted The Dark Half for failing to "develop its preternatural opening theme" and never offering a satisfactory explanation for Stark's existence. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award Best Director - George A. Romero - Nominated Saturn Award Best Horror Film - Nominated Saturn Award Best Makeup - John Vulich, Everett Burrell - Nominated Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress - Julie Harris - Nominated Fantafestival Best Actor - Timothy Hutton - Won Best Film - George A. Romero - Won Best Screenplay - Paul Hun
The Dead Zone (film)
The Dead Zone is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay, by Jeffrey Boam, is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King; the film stars Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Martin Sheen, Anthony Zerbe and Colleen Dewhurst. Walken plays Johnny Smith, who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers; the film received positive reviews and became the basis for a television series of the same name in the early 2000s, starring Anthony Michael Hall. In the town of Castle Rock, John Smith, a young schoolteacher, is in love with his colleague Sarah Bracknell. After having a headache following a ride on a roller-coaster, Johnny politely declines when Sarah asks if he wants to spend the night with her; as he drives home through stormy weather, Johnny has a car accident. He awakens under the care of neurologist Dr. Sam Weizak, he finds that five years have passed, that Sarah is now married and has a child. Johnny discovers that he now has the psychic ability to learn a person's secrets through physical contact with them.
As he touches a nurse's hand, he has a vision of her daughter trapped in a fire. He sees that Weizak's mother, long thought to have died during World War II, is still alive, that a reporter's sister killed herself; as news of his "gift" spreads, Johnny is asked by Sheriff George Bannerman for help with a series of murders, but he wishes to be left alone and therefore declines. Sarah visits with her infant son and she and Johnny make out, but are interrupted by his father. Having a change of heart, Johnny agrees to help Bannerman and, through a vision at the crime scene, he discovers that Bannerman’s deputy Frank Dodd is the killer. Before they can arrest him, Dodd kills himself. Johnny is shot by Dodd’s mother, who in turn is killed by Bannerman. A disillusioned Johnny, now able to walk, moves away and attempts to live a more isolated life, he takes on tutoring jobs for children, working from home until a wealthy man named Roger Stuart implores him to come visit his son, Chris. They form a friendship, but Johnny soon receives a vision of Chris and two other boys falling into ice and drowning due to wearing heavy hockey equipment during a game.
Despite Stuart's skepticism, Chris stays home from the game. The other two boys fall in the drown, much to Stuart's shock. Johnny realizes he has a "dead zone" in his visions, where he can change the future. Johnny attends a rally for Greg Stillson, a third party candidate for the United States Senate, for whom Sarah and her husband volunteer. Johnny shakes Stillson's hand and has a vision of him becoming president and ordering a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia that results in a nuclear holocaust, he seeks Weizak's advice, asking, by way of example, if he would have killed Adolf Hitler if he had the chance, knowing in advance the atrocities Hitler would commit. Weizak replies. Johnny leaves Sarah a letter, telling her that what he is about to do will cost him his life, but that it will be a sacrifice he is willing to make. Johnny takes aim at Stillson at a rally, his shot misses the target. A photographer snaps a picture of Stillson holding the baby just as Johnny is shot by a security guard.
Confronted by an angry Stillson, a fatally wounded Johnny grabs his hand. He now foresees Stillson's reputation and political ambitions being ruined. Johnny tells Stillson. Sarah embraces Johnny and tells him she loves him; as King's novel The Dead Zone was released in 1979, Lorimar Film Entertainment began developing a film adaptation. Producer Carol Baum asked him to write a screenplay. "I saw it had great possibilities and agreed to do it," Boam said. He developed a script with director Stanley Donen, who left the project before the film had reached production at Lorimar. Lorimar closed its film division after a series of box office failures, soon after, producer Dino De Laurentiis bought the rights to The Dead Zone, he disliked Boam's screenplay and asked King to adapt his own novel. De Laurentiis reportedly rejected King's script as "involved and convoluted". De Laurentiis rejected a second script by Andrei Konchalovsky returning to Boam; the film was on track to be made when De Laurentiis hired producer Debra Hill to work with Cronenberg and Boam.
Boam abandoned King's parallel story structure for The Dead Zone's screenplay, turning the plot into separate episodes. Boam told writer Tim Lucas in 1983, "King's book is longer than it needed to be; the novel sprawls and it's episodic. What I did was use that episodic quality, because I saw The Dead Zone as a triptych." His script was revised and condensed four times by Cronenberg, who eliminated large portions of the novel's story, including plot points about Johnny Smith having a brain tumor. Cronenberg and Hill had script meetings to revise the screenplay page by page. Boam's "triptych" in the screenplay surrounds three acts: the introduction of Johnny Smith before his car accident and after he awakes from a coma, a story about Smith assisting a sheriff in tracking down the Castle Rock Killer, Johnny deciding to confront the politician Stillson. Boam said that he enjoyed writing character development for Smith, having him struggle with the responsibility of his psychic abilities, ult
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror is a 1998 American horror film directed by Ethan Wiley and starring Stacy Galina, Alexis Arquette, Adam Wylie, Eva Mendes, Ahmet Zappa. It is the fifth installment of the Children of the Corn series; the leader in this installment, Ezekial, is possessed by the enigmatic main antagonist, "He Who Walks Behind the Rows". A group of teenagers become lost in middle America and arrive in Divinity Falls, where forgotten children have taken on the duty of serving "He Who Walks Behind the Rows"; the teenagers have less than a week to get out of the town. However, they find that their car is destroyed, the children are held accountable. Alison, the leader of the teenagers, overhears that the children are the adopted wards of Luke Enright, a madman who considers himself the savior of the children, the earthly representative of He Who Walks Behind The Rows. Upon remembering that her brother is among them and the rest decide to go to Enright's farm to discover the truth behind the bizarre cult.
Upon arrival, they are stopped by Ezekial, who could be considered the leader of the children, he informs them they are on private property and must leave. After a debate, Alison is allowed to see Luke, he informs her that her brother is there, agrees to let her see him, only to be rejected by him for leaving him alone with their abusive father. Jacob informs her that he is engaged to be married to a girl named Lily, states that she is pregnant with his child. Meanwhile, the rest of Allison's group are kept outside, where the men are intimidated by a physically-powerful and exceptionally-tall teen named Jared. Ezekial holds a ceremony for the annual sacrifice to He Who Walks Behind the Rows, which involves a child who has reached 18 years of age to leap into a flaming corn silo where the god is supposed to dwell. Jacob is chosen. Kir, one of the "outsiders", agrees to become a part of the cult after reading a part of their "Bible" earlier. After Jacob attempts to leave, Kir chooses to take the fateful course, climbs to the silo and leaps to a fiery demise.
The rest of the group wishes to leave the town. They leave her, she reads a message Jacob left her in his Bible, it translates to "Help", she realizes he wants to escape. She enlists the help of the sheriff to stop Ezekial. Greg, who has developed a crush on Alison, chooses to go back and help her and the rest decide to go as well. Alison, with the aid of the sheriff and the fire department, attempt to stop the silo and arrest Luke. While trying to extinguish the silo, the flames come alive and kill the two fire fighters and Luke kills the sheriff and himself after his head splits open and a burst of flame shoots through. Ezekial reveals that Luke had been dead for years, he is the children's true leader. After killing two of the deranged kids, Alison meets her friends, an all-out battle erupts between them and the kids ending with the deaths of everyone except Alison. Alison finds her brother, before dying he tells her how to stop the corn god. Ezekial tries to kill Alison, but after a struggle she sends him falling into the silo to a violent, fiery death.
She dumps fertilizer into the silo, killing the corn god in multiple explosions. Alison goes to Lily's house. Lily's parents tell Alison. Lily tells Alison; as the film ends, the baby is seen being comforted by song, as the green-orange light of the silo fire is shown burning in his eyes. Stacy Galina as Allison Alexis Arquette as Greg Eva Mendes as Kir Adam Wylie as Ezekial Greg Vaughan as Tyrus Angela Jones as Charlotte Ahmet Zappa as Lazlo David Carradine as Luke Enright Olivia Burnette as Lily Matthew Tait as Jared Fred Williamson as Sheriff Skaggs Dave Buzzotta as Jacob Kane Hodder as Bartender Children of the Corn List of adaptations of works by Stephen King Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror on IMDb Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror at the TCM Movie Database
Cujo is a 1983 American horror film directed by Lewis Teague based on Stephen King's 1981 novel of the same name. It was written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Barbara Turner, starring Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Danny Pintauro; the film revolves around a rabid St. Bernard who traps a mother and her child inside their car without food or water during a heat wave, their attempts to survive. Despite receiving mixed reviews and being a modest success during its theatrical release, the film has gathered cult following in the years since its release. Another film adaptation was announced in 2015 and is in production. Cujo, a friendly and easygoing St. Bernard, chases a wild rabbit and inserts his head into a cave, where a rabid bat bites his nose. Meanwhile, the Trenton family — advertising executive Vic, housewife Donna and their sensitive young son Tad — take their car to the rural home of abusive mechanic Joe Camber for some repairs, where they meet Cujo, the Camber family's pet. Donna thinks little of it.
Vic and Donna's marriage is tested when Vic learns that Donna is having an affair with her ex-boyfriend from high school, Steve Kemp, while Vic's advertising for a cereal commercial is failing. Charity and Brett, Joe's wife and son leave the house for a week to visit Charity's sister Holly; when the bite infection drives Cujo mad, he kills their alcoholic neighbor, Gary Pervier, its owner Joe. Vic goes out of town on a business trip, as Donna and Tad return to the Camber's house for more car repairs. Cujo attacks them, they take shelter in their Ford Pinto. Donna tries to drive home; the hot sun makes conditions nearly unbearable, Donna realizes that she must do something before they both die from heatstroke or dehydration. However, attempts at escape are foiled by Cujo's repeated attacks. Vic returns home to rekindle his marriage, only to find Donna and Tad missing and his house vandalized by Kemp, he suspects the possessive Kemp of kidnapping, but the police realize his wife and son might be at the Cambers' house.
The local sheriff, George Bannerman, has a brief standoff. Meanwhile, Donna takes advantage of a momentary distraction and hits Cujo with a baseball bat until it breaks, leaving only a jagged handle. Cujo is impaled in the stomach by the broken bat. Donna takes the sheriff's revolver and retrieves Tad, dehydrated and overheated; as Donna revives Tad in the house, now recovered, breaks through the kitchen window and tries to kill them. However, Donna shoots Cujo dead, before Vic reunites with his family. Dee Wallace as Donna Trenton Danny Pintauro as Tad Trenton Daniel Hugh-Kelly as Vic Trenton Christopher Stone as Steve Kemp Ed Lauter as Joe Camber Kaiulani Lee as Charity Camber Billy Jacoby as Brett Camber Mills Watson as Gary Pervier Jerry Hardin as Masen Sandy Ward as Sheriff George Bannerman Arthur Rosenberg as Roger Breakstone Moe as Cujo The original director was Peter Medak, who left the project two days into filming, along with DOP Tony Richardson, they were replaced by Jan de Bont respectively.
Cujo was played by four St. Bernards, several mechanical dogs, a black Labrador-Great Dane mix in a St. Bernard costume. In some shots, stuntman Gary Morgan played Cujo whilst wearing a large dog costume. Cujo was a modest box office success for Warner Brothers; the film was released August 1983, in the United States, opening in second place that weekend. It grossed a total of $21,156,152 domestically, making it the fourth-highest-grossing horror film of 1983 behind Jaws 3-D, Psycho II, Twilight Zone: The Movie. Reviews from critics were mixed. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote the film was "by no means a horror classic, but it's suspenseful and scary." Variety panned it as "a dull, uneventful entry in the horror genre, a film devoid of surprises or any original suspense." Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune gave the film one star out of four, calling it "one of the dumbest, flimsiest excuses for a movie I have seen." Roger Ebert called it "dreadful," and Linda Gross of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "no theater is air conditioned enough to justify watching this scary and beastly movie."Steve Jenkins of The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote that "for the most part Cujo works effectively as a near reductio ad absurdum of the woman-in-peril-mode," but disliked that the film changed the ending from the book, thinking it made "absolutely no sense in terms of the film's logic."
Author and film critic Leonard Maltin gave the film three out of a possible four stars, calling it "genuinely frightening" writing, "Builds but to terrifying climax." Despite the mixed reception, Stephen King called the film "terrific" and named it one of his favorite adaptations. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 60% approval rating based on 35 reviews, with the website's consensus stating: "Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance." On Metacritic, the film holds a 58/100 based on reviews from 8 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. In 2015, Sunn Classic Pictures announced that it would develop another adaptation titled C. U. J. O. Which stands for “Canine Unit Joint Operations”. Cujo on IMDb Cujo at AllMovie Cujo at Box Office Mojo Cujo at Rotten Tomatoes
William Windom (actor)
William Windom was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles in both film and television during a near 60 year career, but is best known for his roles in two sitcoms: as Glen Morley, a fictional congressman from Minnesota in The Farmer's Daughter, his Emmy Award winning role as cartoonist John Monroe in the short-lived comedy My World and Welcome to It. Feature films Windom has appeared in included the Academy Award-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, The Detective, Escape from the Planet of the Apes to name a few. Windom was born in the son of Isobel Wells and Paul Windom, an architect, he was the great-grandson of the United States Secretary of the Treasury of the same name. He attended Williams College before enlisting in the U. S. Army, he participated in the Specialized Training Program and studied at The Citadel, Antioch College and the University of Kentucky. Windom became a paratrooper with Company B, 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. While stationed in Frankfurt during the Allied occupation of Germany he enrolled in Biarritz American University in France and became involved in drama.
During his early screen career in the 1950s, Windom appeared in TV series including Omnibus and Robert Montgomery Presents, continued his guest-starring roles in series during the 1960s such as The Twilight Zone, The Donna Reed Show and Star Trek. His first leading role in television came in the sitcom The Farmer's Daughter - a series about a young Minnesota woman who becomes the housekeeper for a widowed congressman - which ran for three seasons. Windom's first role in film was alongside Gregory Peck in the Oscar-winning To Kill a Mockingbird as Horace Gilmer - the prosecutor of Tom Robinson - to Peck's defence lawyer Atticus Finch. In 1968, Windom starred alongside Peter Falk and Gene Barry in the TV movie Prescription: Murder, the pilot for the TV series Columbo, he would guest star in another edition of the series in 1972. Windom starred with Frank Sinatra in the film The Detective, playing a homophobic killer, a role that received great reviews from The New York Times; the following year, he had the lead role as cartoonist John Monroe in the sitcom My World and Welcome to It.
Although the series only aired for one season, he won the 1970 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. After the cancellation of the series, Windom toured the country for a time in a one-man Thurber show. After the run was completed, he filmed the pilot for a new series Is There a Doctor in the House? with Rosemary Forsyth. The pilot was written with both actors in mind for the two starring roles, while it was well received by the critics and in viewership ratings in both its first run and a re-run in the summer of 1971, it was not picked up for a series. After a host of roles in film, TV movies and guest appearances in TV series during the 1970s and 1980s, Windom joined the series Murder, She Wrote in 1985 as Dr. Seth Hazlitt, his initial appearance was in October 1985.. The producers enjoyed his work, invited him to return at the beginning of the second season to take on the role permanently. Windom left the show in 1990 to work on the first television version of Parenthood, playing the role of patriarch Frank Buckman.
The show was canceled after 12 episodes and Windom returned to Murder, She Wrote as a semi-regular for the remainder of the run of that series. In all, Windom appeared in 53 episodes of Murder, She Wrote, second only to the show's main star, Angela Lansbury. Windom continued to appear in film and TV guest roles during the 1990s and 2000s, with appearances in the films Sommersby, Miracle on 34th Street, Clint Eastwood's True Crime, episodes of series including Ally McBeal and The District, before making his final acting appearance in the 2005 drama Yesterday's Dreams. Windom died on August 16, 2012, at the age of 88 at his home in Woodacre, California from congestive heart failure, he was survived by his wife, Patricia Tunder Windom, four of his children – Rachel, Heather and Rebel – and four grandchildren. Windom was a tournament chess player, a life member of the USCF William Windom on IMDb William Windom at the Internet Broadway Database William Windom at the Internet Off-Broadway Database William Windom at AllMovie William Windom at Memory Alpha In Memory of William Windom
Karen Blanche Black was an American actress, screenwriter and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various independent films in the 1970s, she received numerous accolades throughout her career, including three Golden Globe Award nominations, two of which she won, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A native of Illinois, Black studied acting in New York City and performed on Broadway before making her major film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now, she followed this with roles in Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby, for the latter two of which she won Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1975, she appeared in Dan Curtis's cult horror films Trilogy of Burnt Offerings. Other roles include Airport 1975, Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Tobe Hooper's Invaders from Mars. In the 1990s, Black starred in a variety of arthouse and horror films, as well as writing her own screenplays before appearing in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, which cemented her status as a cult horror icon.
Black continued to star in low-profile films throughout the early 2000s, as well as working as a playwright before being diagnosed with ampullary cancer in 2010. She died of the disease in Santa Monica in August 2013. Black's career spanned over 50 years, includes nearly 200 film credits. Black was born as Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, in suburban Chicago, the daughter of Elsie Mary, a writer of several prize-winning children's novels, Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman, her paternal grandfather was Arthur Charles Ziegler, a classical musician and first violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She had one sister, actress Gail Brown, a brother. Black was of German and Norwegian descent; the Zieglers came to the United States from Southern Germany from the area of Neukirch between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura. She graduated from Maine Township High School East in 1957. After high school, Black enrolled at Northwestern University. Black made her Broadway debut in 1965's The Playroom, which received good reviews and for which she was nominated for a Drama Circle Critic Award for Best Actress.
Her film debut was in The Prime Time and her first big role was in You're a Big Boy Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Beginning in 1967, she appeared in guest roles in several television series, including The F. B. I. Run for Your Life, The Big Valley, The Iron Horse, The Invaders and Adam-12, her feature film career expanded in 1969, playing the role of an acid-tripping prostitute opposite Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in the iconic counterculture movie Easy Rider. In 1970, Black appeared as Rayette, the waitress girlfriend of Jack Nicholson, in the film Five Easy Pieces, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, earned her her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture, she won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film. Black played an unfaithful wife, Myrtle Wilson, in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, a performance that earned her a second Golden Globe Award in the same category.
In the same year she starred as Nancy Pryor, the stewardess, forced to fly the plane, in the disaster film Airport 1975. In 1975, she played multiple roles in Dan Curtis's televised anthology film Trilogy of Terror; the segments, all written by suspense writer Richard Matheson, were named after the women involved in the plot — a plain college professor seduced by a handsome cad of a student, a pair of sisters who squabble over their father's inheritance, the lonely recipient of a cursed Zuni fetish that comes to life and pursues her relentlessly. Black received another Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress for her role as an aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood in John Schlesinger's tragic drama The Day of the Locust, she starred as a country singer in Robert Altman's Nashville and as a kidnapper in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, Family Plot. She reunited with director Dan Curtis to star in the horror film Burnt Offerings, she played a dual role in a 1977 thriller, The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver.
Other notable films from the 1970s include Born to Win with George Segal and Robert De Niro, Cisco Pike with Kris Kristofferson and Gene Hackman, Portnoy's Complaint with Richard Benjamin, The Pyx with Christopher Plummer, The Outfit with Robert Duvall, Rhinoceros with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, Capricorn One with Elliott Gould. In September 1976 Black traveled to Toronto to be a guest star on the popular variety program The Bobby Vinton Show, which aired across the United States and Canada. Black shared her singing talents performing "Lonely Now", joined Bobby in a medley of country oldies. In 1980, Black starred in a made-for-TV movie Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop. In 1982, she gave a critically acclaimed performance in Robert Altman's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, where she starred alongside Cher and Sandy Dennis. From 1984-85, she played Sheila Sheinfeld on E/R. Other television credits include Saturday Night Live, She Wrote, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Black's career emphasized numerous
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return is a 1999 American horror film directed by Kari Skogland and starring Nancy Allen, Natalie Ramsey, John Franklin, Stacy Keach. It is the sixth film in the Children of the Corn series. Hannah, the first child born of the original Gatlin corn cult, visits the town of Gatlin to find her real mother. On the way, she picks up a street preacher by the name of Zachariah, he tells her about her name, vanishes. After crashing into a corn field a lady sheriff appears and takes Hannah to a hospital in town. Once there, she finds out Isaac was not killed by "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" after the death god took control of his body in the first film, but instead went into a coma; the hospital appears to be filled with strange patients who speak of a prophecy involving Hannah and Isaac before the scene changes. After she leaves the hospital and resumes her journey, she is nearly driven off the road by a mysterious truck. After pulling into a strange motel, she steps on a dead crow and is startled by a smiling young boy who appeared in a chair next to her car.
In the motel office, she meets a pair of romantically-involved teenagers, a girl and her boyfriend, Matt. She checks into the motel; the next morning as Hannah is leaving the motel, a small crowd gathers around her car, fascinated by her. Meanwhile, the scene changes and it is revealed that Isaac has awakened from his long 19 year sleep and that he has a son. Hannah returns to the hospital where she begins having visions in the empty hallway before Gabriel appears behind her, he shows her to the record-room. While they're in the dark, she is killed when Jake tries to split her head open with an axe. Gabriel leaves Hannah alone to take Jake back to his room. While alone, Hannah finds. In the middle of the night, a strange woman tries to touch Hannah while she is lying in bed, but leaves once she realizes Hannah is awake. Hannah recognizes her truck as the one, she follows the truck until dawn into the middle of the corn-field, but before she can follow the person she runs into Jesse: another strange teenager carrying a machete.
He tells her the owner of the truck is Rachel Colby, the same name on the birth-certificate. In her motel-room, Hannah discovers the words "GET OUT OR DIE!" Written in what appears to be blood in the shower. Back at the church, Rachel confronts Isaac, it is revealed that Rachel is the widow of Amos and she believes her daughter to be dead. When she leaves after arguing with the prophet, Isaac tells how she will be punished for her betrayal. Rachel talks with Dr. Michaels, who just wants to move on beyond the ideas of cults and sacrifices, he tells Rachel to do. Dr. Michaels comes back to the hospital, he finds Jake has clogged the sink and caused water to go all over the floor and is now muttering mindlessly on his knees. Isaac steps out of the shadows. Michaels stands, unafraid of him, warning him to leave Hannah alone, exposing himself as the one who took Hannah away from the town. Isaac pulls a sparking electric cord from the wall and drops it on the wet floor, electrocuting Michaels. Isaac approaches the son, revealed to be Matt.
He is proud in the belief. Matt, seems less than enthusiastic. While Gabriel talks with Isaac in the cornfield, they both talk of the events that transpired and about the prophecy, but Gabriel mocks Issac for letting his own disciples hang him on a cross and is forced to leave. Hannah is meanwhile driven off the road again, this time by a drunken Matt. After she yells at him, he hands her a shovel and tells her he is a descendant of Isaac and for her to trace her lineage. Hannah begins digging up the grave of Baby Colby, Rachel's dead child; as she digs, the bloody dead body falls right above her head hanging from a tree. Rachel warns her that there's no going back if she continues. Hannah says she'll only leave if Rachel tells her the truth. Rachel denies her this, calling it "repulsive"; as Hannah prepares to open the casket, a desperate Rachel tells her the prophecy: "The firstborn daughter of the children will return on the eve of her nineteenth-birthday to find out who she is and He-Who-Walks-Behind-The-Rows will awaken".
Hannah wasn't dead. She tells a distraught Hannah that Isaac wants Hannah to make "pure" race. Hannah runs away. In the corn-fields, all of the cult has gathered to celebrate as Matt is branded as the first of the chosen. While Hannah is walking through the corn-fields that night, she is surrounded by children, one of whom injects her with a sedative. Hannah wakes up surrounded by a blazing bonfire, they place a crown of corn-husks on her head and brand her hand like. They begin to perform a union-ceremony between her and Matt, they try to catch her, driving motorcycles through the fields. Rachel appears before the cult-members. In the fields, Matt's girlfriend attempts to help Hannah escape, they are soon cornered by the cult-members. It turns out that Gabriel was on the bike Hannah was put on and t