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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.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.