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Watch out for BAD RONALD!

Tonight's Free Weird Wednesday movie is a made-for-TV movie. But wait! Don't stop reading. Because in the 70's, made-for-TV movies were killer. And this one completely freaked out everyone who saw it. Psychologists have even coined the phrase "Bad Ronald Syndrome" for people who obsessively look for crazy teenagers in the walls of their homes. After watching this, YOU will be one of those people. Happy hunting!

BAD RONALD
FEBRUARY 21 MIDNIGHT, FREE, DIR. BUZZ KULIK, 1974, 16mm, 74 MIN
“A new home comes complete with three bedrooms, two baths and a psycho!” In this made for TV movie, a nerdy teenager accidentally kills a girl who taunts him. His mother hides him from the police in an improvised concealed room behind their pantry. Unfortunately Ronald’s mom dies and a new family moves in, unaware that Bad Ronald is still there, watching, waiting. Inside his womblike inner sanctum Ronald creates a (pretty badass) mythological dream world called Atranta. The art-deco murals he draws on the walls with magic marker are intense. Like all TV movies, this was seen by millions upon millions of people. It dug its tentacles into the collective unconscious of an entire nation like few theatrical releases ever could. And this was at a time when everyone had three or four channels. Which means that approximately one out of every six living Americans has Bad Ronald living in a little hollowed out corner of their minds! (Lars)

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