As an avid movie fan for most of my life, there is nothing better than discovering an older movie for the first time. Companies like Kino Lorber, Synapse Films, Arrow Video and Shout Factory are distributors who have gained great reputations for taking cult films, lesser known movies and hidden gems and bringing them to Blu-ray for a new generation to discover and treasure. One such film was released this week from Shout Factory, 1972’s You’ll Like My Mother.
Patty Duke stars as Francesca Kinsolving, a very pregnant woman whose husband has recently been killed in Vietnam. Francesca travels unannounced to a rural Minnesota town in the middle of the winter to meet her late husband’s mother for the first time. But when she is greeted with a less than warm welcome and then finds herself snowed in with the strange woman, Francesca begins to uncover some startling secrets about the Kinsolving family that may endanger her and her unborn child.
I am surprised I had never heard of You’ll Like My Mother. This is a classic captive tale along the lines of Misery and Wait Until Dark that has a great tense pace, excellent performances and nice twists. Patty Duke is great in the lead role making Francesca a very relatable and likable character while Rosemary Murphy is chilling as the crazy and intimidating Mrs. Kinsolving. Richard Thomas of The Waltons is great here as well playing Kinsolving’s other son in a role that is very reminiscent of Anthony Perkins Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Director Lamont Johnson has a very long career of directing mostly for TV but has a keen sense of suspense and tension, which would make sense when you realize he directed eight episodes of the classic TV series The Twilight Zone. You’ll Like My Mother is a great lost gem of a thriller that is sure to please anyone looking for a tense and suspenseful movie. Shout even managed to get brand new interviews with Richard Thomas and Sian Barbara Allen about the making of the film. A great surprise and a fantastic release worth checking out. Highly recommended.