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The Beguiled

Released 1971
Distributor Universal

Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood used their combined boxoffice clout to get Universal to make this arty, Ambrose Bierce-like civil war gothic melodrama full of not-so-repressed psychosexuality. This trailer sells it like a Gone with the Wind soap opera. It flopped, but it’s a unique and creepy movie.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.