‘The romance of Love Story – the terror of Psycho!!’
So Sad About Gloria is a 1973 American horror film produced and directed by Harry Thomason (Encounter with the Unknown) from a screenplay by Marshall Riggan. It has also been released as Visions of Doom and Visions of Evil.
After having experienced trauma brought on by her brother’s death, Gloria (Lori Saunders) is released from a sanitarium, to be cared for by her uncle Fredrick (Dean Jagger). Unfortunately, Gloria suffers from visions of an axe-wielding sinister man.
Eventually, she becomes romantically involved with and marries a writer, Chris Kenner (Robert Ginnaven), and they move into their new home, which was also the scene of an unsolved murder of a young woman. Strange things begin to occur…
“The big axe attack in the first act is a real doozy, and the whole film has a weird off-kilter ambience switching from surrealistic nightmares to soft-focus love montages straight out of Play Misty for Me (complete with tinkly pop songs). The last five minutes are a good payoff, too…” Mondo Digital
” … even when this turns into a mid-Western Gaslight, the film doesn’t generate much excitement. It spends even more time flash cutting to the mysterious man with the coffin, as Gloria’s danger increases, which fast becomes a tiresome gimmick.” The Eclectic Screening Room
“It’s in the abrupt leaps from shivery tension to laughable sap. It’s in the crude, offhand cinematography. And it’s most certainly in the ridiculous dialogue. Visions of Evil is no masterpiece, but this much is certain: it’s fun to watch.” Bleeding Skull!
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