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Flawed Ending - Major Spoiler


I remember this movie because it made a very vivid impression on me - but I was always bothered by the ending, by which I mean the final scene.

After everything has been resolved we see Allan and Olive happy. He's essentially been the victim all along but now his vision has returned and Katherine is locked away.

Then, in the final scene we see Allan's expression go from a smile to a frown and the final shot (from his perspective) shows the room going dark, definitely implying that he goes blind again.

That always disappointed me and angered me to some degree. Allan had suffered through all this abuse and then he's denied a happy ending - why?

I know most TV movies of this era had surprise, twist endings, but I always felt this ending was just wrong, it just wasn't fair.

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He looked a little evil at the end of this movie, like he did in Psycho. He leered at the camera, as if his character was going to take some dark turn.

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The entire movie was a derivitive rip off of just about every sinister-figure- in-an-old-dark-house picture ever made. If you didn't know the identity of the unseen boarder as soon as she entered the room, the screen went blurry and the camera stayed on her back, you are younger than springtime.

The scene in which a terrified Perkins attempts to drive a car is probably the silliest sequence in the movie.

So, it's no surprise the filmmakers showed complete contempt for their audience by dropping in that phoney final shot, thereby trading in on Perkins's "Psycho" image.

The awful thing about Allan is that it is so awful.





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I was a little confused and disappointed by the ending, but I think it had to do with how he was reacting to his sister's possible return. His loss of sight was emotional and now he was going through it again because he was contimplating treating his sister the way she had treated him. His subconcious was attacking his eyes once again.

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Or maybe he wasn't the victim. His sister seemed to have real contempt for him. Maybe his memories of being a victim was false but his mental instability lead to his fathers death. Or maybe I'm gonna say that he wasn't going blind, it's just the directors way of trying to freak you out one last time.

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