Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Stepford Wives (1975)

3.5 / 5
Tagline: Something strange is happening in the town of Stepford.
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Written by: Ira Levin, William Goldman
Actors include: Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Length: 115 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Great concept, but it just drags on a little too much to be fantastic. Surely you know the story...the wives of the town of Stepford are perfect...too perfect. A new couple moves into the area and quickly the lady of the house discovers her husband's plot to turn her into a robotic perfect Stepford wife. This has such potential but most of the film is spent watching Joanna (Ross) adjust to the new place and really not much happens. I like that they did such a good job with character development and they did try and demonstrate how eerie it would be to feel like there is a huge conspiracy going on that you aren't a part of....yet. It just needed a little spicing up at the end of the day as this only has some good moments, but it's enough to make this an interesting view. I guess I just expected a little more from this one, definitely more of a slow moving drama with some horrific elements but don't really expect any scares here.

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